Plant Biology Topics
Name: Jonathan M.
The green flagellate Chlamydomonas Rheinhardi, widely
studied,was discovered to
produce an enzyme which creates ATP through the breakdown of stored
compounds, producing a hydrogen gas waste in an oxygen deprived
environment in the 1970's. Today, it has been found that the deprivation
of sulfur shuts down photosystem I in the same way a lack of oxygen
would, allowing for the activation of the enzyme pathway which milks
the organism producing hydrogen. Multiple tanks would ideally work in
cycles of photosynthetically building up and hydrogen extraction. With the
advent of zeolite filters, carbon fiber ambient pressure storage tanks,
commercially available fuel cells, and mass market fuel cell vehicles by
2004, what is the chance that i could build a photosynthetic system,
powered by organics (grains, grass, compost, sea water) that could
independently power my home and vehicle? I will be attending University
of California @ Davis in Fall 2001 for a major in plant biology. Is
this the correct major for my interest in organic farming of energy?
And is there any possibility I could intern this summer in an institution
devoted to this type of research?
Yes, a major in plant biology looks like a good beginning.
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