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QUESTION: Dear Susan‎‎‎‎‎

Photosynthesis Process has practical applications in Agriculture and Pharmaceutical Industries.

Isn't it ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Hello Prashant,

So sorry for the delay in answering.  Yes, artificial photosynthesis has many applications, and is being studied as a clean energy source.  Initially, it was looked at to boost crop yields, but then genetic modification came along.
here is a quote from the link below:

In the biotechnology field, photosynthetic organisms are likely to play an increasing role in (over)production of enzymes, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, etc., which until now are produced primarily by genetically modified heterotrophic microorganisms such as yeast and selected bacteria. A major advantage of photosynthetic organisms is that no fixed-carbon source needs to be added for growth and, therefore, production costs are lower and the chances of contamination with other microorganisms are less. There are several ways to modify organisms to have them

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QUESTION: Dear Susan

Thank you.

Can we explore this to generate electricity ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Hi Prashant,

I'll be happy to gather all the information I can find for you.
This first link has an interesting slide show - this is the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis.

Dr. Devens Gust is a leader in this field of research.  Here is his website:

Below is The Royal Society of Chemistry report:

I found this Boston College research using rust to increase the cathode photovoltage quite interesting:

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Susan Tabor


Entomology,plant pathology, agronomy, native plants, useful and edible plants,medicinal plants,landscape design and installation, plant taxonomy and identification, cultivars and varieties, Botany, nutrient deficiencies, plant recommendations and troubleshooting.


35 years as a professional horticulturist and landscape contractor. I have a network of contacts at leading universities and with acknowledged experts in the field. I've restored the landscapes of several plantations, 2 Governors mansions and owned/managed 3 nursery/garden centers. I discovered a new subspecies of Emelia in 1997. I've locally introduced several native or volunteer species into mainstream landscape design.

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