A new method of synthesizing proteins based on electricity and carbon dioxide
Last Update: 2020-06-20
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Recently, Finland's National Centre for Technology research and La Penlanta University of Technology jointly developed a new method of synthetic proteins based on electricity and carbon dioxide, which can be used in the future for the manufacture of food and feed, this method is to connect electricity into a bioreactor loaded with water and microorganisms, electrolysis water into hydrogen and oxygen, and inject carbon dioxide into the reactorUnder the action of nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus and other micronutrients provided, the microorganisms in the reactor are allowed to multiply and synthesize proteinsDehydrating the cultured microbiome creates a protein powder similar to dry yeastcurrently using coffee cup-sized bioreactive equipment to produce 1 gram of protein in the lab for about 2 weeksThe researchers say it is nearly 10 times more efficient to produce proteins in this way than plant photosynthesis, and without pesticidesTheir next goal is to significantly increase productivity and translate results into commercial productionrenewable energy generation can be used to synthesize proteins"As long as there is renewable energy, such as solar energy, this protein can be produced anywhere, unlike traditional agriculture, which requires the right temperature, humidity and soil," said Jero Ahora, a professor at The University of Technology in La Penlanda" , said Yuha-Pekka Pitkenen, chief scientist at Finland's National Centre for Technology Research, that mixed foods produced with this protein have high nutritional value and can adjust the nutritional content of foods by changing microorganisms during productionHe predicts that in the future it may even be possible to invent a home reactive device that will allow people to produce the protein they need for everyday life at homethe study is part of a larger research project by two research institutions, New Carbon Energy, which aims to develop synthetic proteins that rely entirely on renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy
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