Genetic Manipulation of Photosynthetic Prokaryotes

  • C. Neil Hunter
  • Nicholas H. Mann
Part of the Biotechnology Handbooks book series (BTHA, volume 6)


The phototrophic bacteria have provided fascinating experimental models for the study of a wide range of biochemical topics. Obviously, their photosynthetic capabilities and ancillary phenomena such as the biogenesis of photosynthetic membranes and biosynthesis of tetrapyrroles and carotenoids have attracted the most attention. The metabolic diversity of these bacteria, which between the cyanobacteria and purple bacteria encompass photosynthesis, fermentation, dinitrogen fixation, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, hydrogen uptake, carbon dioxide fixation, and cellular differentiation, provides an array of interesting problems for physiologists and biochemists.


Genetic Manipulation Shuttle Vector Rhodobacter Sphaeroides Autonomous Replication Photosynthetic Prokaryote 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Neil Hunter
    • 1
  • Nicholas H. Mann
    • 2
  1. 1.Krebs Institute for Biomolecular Research, Department of Molecular Biology and BiotechnologyUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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