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BlueBio is an ERA-NET COFUND created to directly identify new and improve existing ways of bringing bio-based products and services to the market and find new ways of creating value from in the blue bioeconomy.

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Last Update: 2019/11/26

Biotechnological optimization of light use efficiency in algae photobioreactors
FP7 - ERC Starting Grant
IDEAS – European Research Council
Tomas Morosinotto
UNIPD - University of Padova (Italy)
NA - Not available (Not available)
€ 1,257,600
New renewable energy sources are greatly needed to compensate exhausting fossil fuel reserves and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some species of algae have interesting potential as feedstock for the production of biodiesel, thanks to their ability to accumulate large amount of lipids. However, strong research efforts are needed to fulfil this potential and address many issues involving optimization of cultivation systems, biomass harvesting and algae genetic improvement. This proposal aims to address one of these issues, the optimization of algae light use efficiency. Light, in fact, provides the energy supporting algae growth and must be exploited with the highest possible efficiency to achieve sufficient productivity. In a photobioreactor algae are highly concentrated and this cause a inhomogeneous light distribution with a large fraction of the cells exposed to very low light or even in the dark. Algae are also actively mixed and they can abruptly move from dark to full illumination and vice versa. This proposal aims to assess how alternation of dark/light cycles affects algae growth and functionality of photosynthetic apparatus both in batch and continuous cultures. In collaboration with the Chemical Engineering department, experimental data will be exploited to build a model describing the photobioreactor, a fundamental tool to improve its design. The other main scope of this project is the isolation of genetically improved strains more suitable to the artificial environment of a photobioreactor. The first part of the work of setting up protocols for transformation will be followed by a second phase for generation and selection of mutants with altered photosynthetic performances. Transcriptome analyses in different light conditions will also be instrumental for identifying the genes to be targeted by genetic engineering.
Algae; Genetic; Protocol; Biotechnology; Fuel;
Not associated to marine areas
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