Bioscience and Biotechnology Institute of Aix-Marseille
Energies | Renewable energies | Bioenergy | Biofuel | Biohydrogen | Microalgae | Photosynthesis
Coordinator: Yonghua Li-Beisson (iBEB), Giovanni Finazzi (iRTSV/LPCV)
Successful employment of microalgae of potential industrial interest for biofuel applications requires a deep knowledge of their metabolism as well as the capacity of engineer it using reliable tools. Nannochloropsis has recently emerged as an attractive model because :
This last feature is of paramount importance, because it allows gene knockout approaches opening the perspective of extensive genetic engineering. The major goal of this project (Phase I) is to develop tools to domesticate Nannochloropsis (test of natural strains, create gene expression databanks, master homologous recombination). In Phase II (depending on additional funding), candidate genes will be tested using the tools developed in Phase I
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