Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 123, Issue 3, pp 285–295 | Cite as

Engineering cyanobacteria as photosynthetic feedstock factories



Carbohydrate feedstocks are at the root of bioindustrial production and are needed in greater quantities than ever due to increased prioritization of renewable fuels with reduced carbon footprints. Cyanobacteria possess a number of features that make them well suited as an alternative feedstock crop in comparison to traditional terrestrial plant species. Recent advances in genetic engineering, as well as promising preliminary investigations of cyanobacteria in a number of distinct production regimes have illustrated the potential of these aquatic phototrophs as biosynthetic chassis. Further improvements in strain productivities and design, along with enhanced understanding of photosynthetic metabolism in cyanobacteria may pave the way to translate cyanobacterial theoretical potential into realized application.


Cyanobacteria Biofuels Carbohydrates Feedstocks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Systems BiologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Plant Research Laboratories and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyMichigan State UniversityLansingUSA

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