19 December 2016
Read about microalgae as biofactories in the KU advent calendar
UCPH's Alumni Association has asked researchers from University of Copenhagen to tell about their current research projects in this year's research advent calender. You can read about everything from Christmas port to how the media portray Christmas. In the entry on December 17, Agnieszka Janina Zygadlo Nielsen from the CPSC tells about har research into microalgae and photosynthesis.
Excerpt from the calendar: Plants and algae are responsible for life on earth thanks to photosynthesis. Photosynthesis consists on converting sunlight energy, CO2 and water into oxygen and chemical energy. Some plants have also medicinal values since they produce an active compound that can be used in medicinal applications. For example, morphine coming from the seedpod of poppy plants or taxol -an anti-cancer drug extracted from the bark of yew trees.