Direct photosynthetic recycling of carbon dioxide to isobutyraldehyde

  title={Direct photosynthetic recycling of carbon dioxide to isobutyraldehyde},
  author={Shota Atsumi and Wendy Higashide and James C. Liao},
  journal={Nature Biotechnology},
Global climate change has stimulated efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. One approach to addressing this problem is to recycle CO2 directly into fuels or chemicals using photosynthesis. Here we genetically engineered Synechococcus elongatus PCC7942 to produce isobutyraldehyde and isobutanol directly from CO2 and increased productivity by overexpression of ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco). Isobutyraldehyde is a precursor for the synthesis of other chemicals, and isobutanol… 

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    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2001
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