The researchers stimulated algae photosynthesis with a modified light-cutting polymer, increasing the speed of their growth by 100%.
Algae are promising sources of biofuel production, but they are rarely used due to slow growth. However, scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences created a synthetically light-cutting polymer material, which increases the activity of plants when exposed to green light.
After applying a modified polybutylene terephthalate (PBF) to the algae surface, it begins to interact with cells, stimulating the natural photosynthesis, the production of oxygen, as well as the production of lipids that turn into biofuels. As a result, researchers have observed an increase in the speed of total growth of Chloorella Pyrenoidosa by 110%.
Scientists expect such substances not only to make algae a more preferred source of biofuels, but also reduce the cost of production.
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