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A fast way to convert carbon

Nature volume 539, page 471 (24 November 2016) | Download Citation


Researchers have come up with a biochemical pathway that converts carbon dioxide into useful organic compounds more efficiently than plants can.

A team led by Tobias Erb at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany, assembled a series of chemical reactions using 17 redesigned enzymes from 9 different organisms. The main enzyme used by plants in photosynthesis makes the process of CO2 fixation relatively slow, but using other enzymes from bacteria, plants and humans, the researchers developed a quicker and more energy-efficient pathway.

This process could have many applications, such as boosting CO2 fixation in photosynthetic organisms, the authors say.

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