|MadSci Network: Botany|
A geology teacher had mentioned that it takes more energy to create a solar power cell then it will ever produce, so it is worthless in most situations, but a biology teacher was lecturing about how almost all animals (other than those at black smoker vents) get their power from directly, or indirecly eating plants. It made me think about how a plant's leaves produce enough energy to support the non photosynthesizing trunk and roots, and the possibility of short circuting either the genetics of plant cell, or the somewhat prokaryotic organelle of the chloroplasts, so that hydrogen is produced, and carbohydrates aren't, so that you could use the hydrogen to produce electricity with hydrogen fuel cells, or a way of catching the electrons from the chloroplasts directly for power. If feasible, the reprogrammed cells could self replicate so that in essence you are making one solar panel that self replicates, and could get the food it needs from non reprogramed cells.
Re: Can you get plant cells to produce hydrogen rather than carbohydrates?
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