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Biofuel Production by Genetically Engineered Cyanobacteria

Xuefeng Lu, Zhimin Li, Xiaoming Tan, Tao Zhu and Weihua Wang
from: Biofuels: From Microbes to Molecules (Edited by: Xuefeng Lu). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2014)


Cyanobacteria are a group of prokaryotes that perform plant-type oxygenic photosynthesis. In recent years, with the development of modern biotechnology, cyanobacteria have shown great potential for biofuel production directly from carbon dioxide and solar energy. Herein, the phylogenetic classification, cell structure and biotechnological and environmental applications of cyanobacteria will be introduced. After discussing the available molecular tools for the cyanobacterial genetic engineering and omic studies of cyanobacteria, biofuel production by engineered cyanobacteria is reviewed. At the end of this chapter, future trends for research on cyanobacterial biofuels and web resources are provided read more ...
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