Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

CyanoFuels started as a DOE-funded LDRD project. The purpose of CyanoFuels is to engineer cyanobaceria for direct photosyntheitc converison of CO2 to advanced biofuels.


The main objectives in CyanoFuels are to:

  • Enhance and modify endogenous alkane biosynthesis pathways in cyanobacteria.

  • Install heterologous fuel pathways in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis 6803 (S. 6803).

  • Enhance phtosynthesis in S. 6803 by increasing CO2 uptake.

  • Characterize carbon partitioning in cyanobacteria between assimilatino of CO2 via the Calvin-Benson cycle and incoroporation of CO2 into inorganic carbonate minerals such as calcium carbonate (CaCO3).

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