We have only begun to reckon with the growing inventory of atmospheric carbon dioxide and its effects on the planet. Up until now, most of that has taken the shape of wondering how to reduce the production of CO2, and the warming that follows. But Franklin researchers in the Bioenergy Systems Research Institute have published new work that may help turn CO2 into useful industrial products. Even fuel:
researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from the carbon dioxide in the air that is responsible for trapping the sun's rays and raising global temperatures.
"Basically, what we have done is create a microorganism that does with carbon dioxide exactly what plants do-absorb it and generate something useful," said Michael Adams, member of UGA's Bioenergy Systems Research Institute, Georgia Power professor of biotechnology and Distinguished Research Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
This could be an interesting turning point, to say the least. Especially the re-thinking of our stance on photosynthesis:
During the process of photosynthesis, plants use sunlight to transform water and carbon dioxide into sugars that the plants use for energy, much like humans burn calories from food.