Efficient H2 production via Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Efficient H2 production via Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

In an article entitled, “Efficient H2 production via Chlamydomonas reinhardtii,” published in 2011 in Trends in Biotechnology [vol.29(12):595-600], Maria G. Esquível et al. working in four different research institutes in Portugal advocate the use of molecular hydrogen (H2) derived from biological sources. According to them the production of H2 provides a dependable and alternative process to bulk chemical processes currently used for large-scale, economic generation of clean fuel for automotive engines. In this review article the authors examine recent improvements in H2 production by wild and mutant strains of C. reinhardtii – the green alga which is at present judged to be the best eukaryotic H2 producer. In this review article various aspects of genetic engineering of C. reinhardtii, have been discussed. In addition various potentials leading to more efficient research avenues that may be pursued in the near future have been suggested in order to ensure sustainable biohydrogen supply.  In the backdrop of shortage of natural gas, it’s high time that a large scale project is undertaken in the National Institute of Biotechnology to come up with some novel device to generate enough clean fuel to meet up the ever increasing demand of natural gas in Bangladesh

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