Bielefeld researchers shall develop an algae producing hydrogen


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Mr. Olaf Kruse The working group of the faculty of the University of Bielefeld Biology, succeeded in cooperation with a working group of the Institute of Molecular Biosciences (Institute of Molecular Bioscience) of the University of Brisbane (Australia) to develop a genetically modified algae, mutant of the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, with excellent production capacity of hydrogen.

This process of development of hydrogen, which has also recently been patented (Patent Nr. WO 2005003024), allows the algae under ideal conditions produce up to 13 times more hydrogen.
Based on these increased hydrogen production rates, Stm6 -tel is the name of the mutee alga-offers outstanding conditions for future biotechnology to produce "bio-hydrogen" from the sunlight using microorganisms.

The additional efforts are also still performed in the laboratories of Brisbane and Bielefeld, to further increase the hydrogen production rate of the algae through intervention of molecular genetics.

The construction of first prototypes of bioreactors in cooperation with biotechnologists-planned still this year.

contacts:
- Olaf Kruse, Biology Faculty of the University of Bielefeld - tel: + 49
521 106 5611, email: olaf.kruse@uni-bielefeld.de
Sources: Depeche idw, Press release of the University of Bielefeld,
05/09/2005
Editor: Nicolas Condette, nicolas.condette@diplomatie.gouv.fr


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