Incorporating a molecular antenna in diatom microalgae cells enhances photosynthesis

Gabriella Leone, De La Cruz Valbuena Gabriel, R. Cicco Stefania, Danilo Vona, , Ragni Roberta, , , , , , & M. Farinola Gianluca
Diatom microalgae have great industrial potential as next-generation sources of biomaterials and biofuels. Effective scale-up of their production can be pursued by enhancing the efficiency of their photosynthetic process in a way that increases the solar-to-biomass conversion yield. A proof-of-concept demonstration is given of the possibility of enhancing the light absorption of algae and increasing their efficiency in photosynthesis by in vivo incorporation of an organic dye which acts as an antenna and enhances cell...
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