Photovoltaic-driven microbial protein production can use land and sunlight more efficiently than conventional crops

@article{Leger2021PhotovoltaicdrivenMP,
  title={Photovoltaic-driven microbial protein production can use land and sunlight more efficiently than conventional crops},
  author={Dorian Leger and Silvio Matassa and Elad Noor and Alon Shepon and Ron Milo and Arren Bar‐Even},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2021},
  volume={118}
}
  • D. Leger, S. Matassa, A. Bar‐Even
  • Published 21 June 2021
  • Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Significance The cultivation of microbial biomass, which is rich in proteins as well as other nutrients, can play a vital role in achieving food security while mitigating the negative environmental footprint of agriculture. Here, we analyze the efficiency associated with using solar energy for converting atmospheric CO2 derived from direct air capture into microbial biomass that can feed humans and animals. We show that the production of microbial foods outperforms agricultural cultivation of… 

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