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From Customized Cellular Adhesion to Synthetic Ecology: Characterizing the Cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC 6803 for Biofuel Production


Sustainable global energy production is one of the grand challenges of the 21st century. Next-generation renewable energy sources include using photosynthetic microbes such as cyanobacteria for efficient production of sustainable fuels from sunlight. The cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC 6803 (Synechocystis) is a genetically tractable model organism for plant-like photosynthesis that is used to develop microbial biofuel technologies. However, outside of photosynthetic processes, relatively little is known about the biology of microbial phototrophs such as Synechocystis, which impairs their development into market-ready technologies. My research objective was to characterize strategic aspects of Synechocystis biology related to its... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Allen, Rebecca Custer (Author) / Curtiss III, Roy (Advisor) / Krajmalnik-Brown, Rosa (Advisor) / Rittmann, Bruce E (Committee member) / Vermaas, Willem (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Microbiology / Molecular biology / Environmental engineering / biofilm / biofuel / contamination / cyanobacteria / exopolysaccharide / polyculture
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 188 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biological Design 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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