Monday, July 27, 2015

BacterioFiles 222 - Cells Store Solar Sparks

The setup. Torella et al. 2015
This episode: Bacteria engineered to produce liquid fuel can eat carbon dioxide and hydrogen from solar-powered water-splitting!

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Journal Paper

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  • Rainforest bacteria could help plants grow better in poorer soil (paper)

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