Towards Engineered Light-Energy Conversion in Nonphotosynthetic Microorganisms

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Organisms have used light-energy conversion as a source of energy for millions of years. Synthetic biology has made it easier to combine desired components from multiple systems, and the ability to utilize sunlight as a sole energy source would be very beneficial in many biotechnology applications. With recent advances in synthetic biology, new techniques have made it possible to successfully add a simple light-energy conversion mechanism to a heterologous host. Greater understanding of molecular mechanisms of light-capture and CO2 fixation will enable us to create systems combining biological and artificial components. This chapter will discuss the benefits of engineering light-energy conversion and carbon fixation in various nonphotosynthetic hosts, progress that has been made to date, limitations, and future directions. © 2013

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSynthetic Biology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780123944306
StatePublished - 2013

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  • Artificial photosynthesis
  • Engineered light-energy conversion
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Photosynthetic reaction center
  • Reaction center
  • Rhodopsin
  • Synthetic biology


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