Scientists Accelerate Algae Photosynthesis with New Polymer

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Scientists accelerate algae photosynthesis with new polymer

Researchers Stimulate Algae Photosynthesis with Modified Light-Harvesting Polymer, Increasing Their Growth Rate by 100%.

Algae are promising sources of biofuel production, but they are rarely used due to their slow growth. However, scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have created a synthetically light-harvesting polymer material that increases plant activity when exposed to green light..

After applying modified polybutylene terephthalate (PBF) to the surface of algae, it begins to interact with cells, stimulating natural photosynthesis, oxygen production, and the production of lipids that are converted into biofuels. As a result, the researchers observed a 110% increase in the overall growth rate of Chlorella pyrenoidosa..  

Scientists accelerate algae photosynthesis with new polymer

Scientists expect such substances to not only make algae a preferred source of biofuels, but also lower production costs..

text: Ilya Bauer, photo: iStock