29 August 2018 - Joint publication of Imperial College London and Uni Bielefeld

Ian Sofian Yunus, Julian Wichmann, Robin Wördenweber, Kyle Lauersen, Olaf Kruse and Patrik Jones published results on ‘Synthetic metabolic pathways for photobiological conversion of CO2 into hydrocarbon fuel’ in Metabolic Engineering. Highlights are:    Synthetic metabolic pathways for hydrocarbon fuels were engineered in algae; Free fatty acids were effectively converted into alkenes and alkanes; Transfer of algal pathway into cyanobacteria was the most effective; Alkane yield was enhanced 19-fold in Synechocystis spp. PCC 6803; Alkene yield was enhanced 8-fold in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.