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Production of Cellulose in Halophilic Photosynthetic Prokaryotes (Cyanobacteria)

United States Patent Application

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The present invention includes compositions and methods for making and using halophilic cyanobacterium comprising a spontaneous mutation causing constitutive cellulose biosynthesis, whereby the cyanobacterium is capable of producing cellulose in brine. The compositions and methods of the present invention may be used as a new global crop for the manufacture of cellulose, CO.sub.2 fixation, for the production of alternative sources of conventional cellulose as well as a biofuel and precursors thereof.
Nobles, David R. JR. (Austin, TX), Brown, R. Malcolm JR. (Austin, TX)
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin TX)
11/ 866,863
October 3, 2007
STATEMENT OF FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH [0002] This invention was made with U.S. Government support under Contract No. DE-FG02-03R15396 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.