Sustainable Seaweed Biotechnology Solutions for Carbon Capture, Composition and Deconstruction

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Seaweeds or macroalgae are attractive candidates for carbon capture, while also supplying a sustainable photosynthetic bioenergy feedstock, thanks to their cultivation potential in offshore marine farms. Seaweed cultivation requires minimal external nutrient requirements and allows for year-round production of biomass. Despite this potential, there remain significant challenges associated with realizing large-scale, sustainable agronomics, as well as in the development of an efficient biomass deconstruction and conversion platform to fuels and products. Recent biotechnology progress in the identification of enzymatic deconstruction pathways, tailored to complex polymers in seaweeds, opens up opportunities for more complete utilization of seaweed biomass components. Effective, scalable, and economically viable conversion processes tailored to seaweed are discussed and gaps are identified for yield and efficiency improvements.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1232-1244
Number of pages13
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2020

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  • NREL/JA-5100-75753


  • biological conversion
  • carbon capture
  • compositional
  • macroalgae
  • seaweed


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