Abstract

Cyanobacteria and algae are becoming increasingly attractive cell factories for producing renewable biofuels and chemicals due to their ability to capture solar energy and CO2 and their relatively simple genetic background for genetic manipulation. Increasing research efforts from the synthetic biology approach have been made in recent years to modify cyanobacteria and algae for various biotechnological applications. Inthisarticle, wecritically review recent progresses in developing genetic tools for characterizing or manipulating cyanobacteria and algae, the applications of genetically modified strains for synthesizing renewable products such as biofuels and chemicals. In addition, the emergent challenges in the development and application of synthetic biology for cyanobacteria and algae are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
Volume3
Issue numberSEP
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Algae
  • Biofuel
  • Cyanobacteria
  • Green chemistry
  • Synthetic biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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