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Project focuses on production of hydrogen from bacteria and sunlight
Date:2/14/2008

nversion of energy from all kinds of biomass, including human and animal wastes, agricultural crops and residues, and ethanol. The process already has demonstrated that it can produce some energy, but Vermaas said there still is a long way to go to make it economical and efficient.

All of this work is based on many years of research that has been done at ASU, especially groundbreaking biochemical and molecular studies carried out by Tom and Ana Moore, Devens Gust, Jim Allen, Andrew Webber, Neal Woodbury and Anne Jones in the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis. Jens Appel, a leading researcher on cyanobacterial hydrogenases, joined the team in January.

The key now is that with the steady funding that will be provided by the Presidents Intellectual Fusion fund, the team can perform the necessary research that will yield results.

We know the space we need to look in, and where to look in nature for solutions, Vermaas said. We have the tools to do the work. We have good ideas on how to do metabolic engineering of the cyanobacteria. We just need to do more research to make it work effectively.


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