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Biological optimization systems for enhancing photosynthetic efficiency and methods of use

United States Patent

8,302,346
November 6, 2012
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Biological optimization systems for enhancing photosynthetic efficiency and methods of use. Specifically, methods for enhancing photosynthetic efficiency including applying pulsed light to a photosynthetic organism, using a chlorophyll fluorescence feedback control system to determine one or more photosynthetic efficiency parameters, and adjusting one or more of the photosynthetic efficiency parameters to drive the photosynthesis by the delivery of an amount of light to optimize light absorption of the photosynthetic organism while providing enough dark time between light pulses to prevent oversaturation of the chlorophyll reaction centers are disclosed.
Hunt; Ryan W. (Athens, GA), Chinnasamy; Senthil (Chennai, IN), Das; Keshav C. (Athens, GA), de Mattos; Erico Rolim (Athens, GA)
University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (Athens, GA)
13/ 014,464
January 26, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under award number DE-FG36-08GO88144 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.