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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2010 Jun;21(3):365-71. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2010.03.017. Epub 2010 Apr 22.

Calcifying cyanobacteria--the potential of biomineralization for carbon capture and storage.

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  • 1Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA.


Employment of cyanobacteria in biomineralization of carbon dioxide by calcium carbonate precipitation offers novel and self-sustaining strategies for point-source carbon capture and sequestration. Although details of this process remain to be elucidated, a carbon-concentrating mechanism, and chemical reactions in exopolysaccharide or proteinaceous surface layers are assumed to be of crucial importance. Cyanobacteria can utilize solar energy through photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide to recalcitrant calcium carbonate. Calcium can be derived from sources such as gypsum or industrial brine. A better understanding of the biochemical and genetic mechanisms that carry out and regulate cynaobacterial biomineralization should put us in a position where we can further optimize these steps by exploiting the powerful techniques of genetic engineering, directed evolution, and biomimetics.

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