Fossil fuels are commonly used as raw material to produce important chemicals, but their use results in the release of large amounts of carbon dioxide, accelerating climate change.
The chemical and petrochemical industry is responsible for upto % of global industrial carbon emissions.
We need a cleaner way of producing important chemicals.
Cyanobacteria on the other hand, are much more efficient at fixing carbon dioxide than plants and require a fraction of the resources that plants need. What’s more, they are amenable to genetic modifications.
We present to you, SynBactory: a sustainable model for chemical synthesis through a co-culture of the cyanobacteria, Synechococcus elongatus, and E. coli that can convert light and carbon dioxide into useful compounds, which are otherwise synthesised through carbon-emitting petrochemicals or resource-intensive plant biomass.
As a proof of concept, our co-culture is designed to produce butanol, a biofuel.
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