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Chinese scientists synthesize starch from CO2 for the first time

A group of Chinese scientists has synthesized starch from carbon dioxide for the first time in the world, local media report.

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The study has been carried out by the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and has been published in the journal Science.

According to the Institute, the starch of human consumption and requires for its obtaining “A large amount of land, fresh water and other resources, as well as agricultural production materials such as fertilizers and pesticides.”

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The study shows that this synthetic carbon dioxide starch could be more profitable than traditional crops, since it could save in addition to “Reduce the impact of fertilizers and pesticides” in the environment.

Compared to corn, one of the most common sources of this nutrient, the rate of starch synthesis using this artificial form is 8.5 times higher, according to the study.

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Six years ago, the Institute created a working group exclusively dedicated to the development of projects related to synthetic starch.

According to statements by the Institute, Ma Yanhe, collected in local media, “For a long time, researchers have tried to improve the process of photosynthesis, hoping to increase the conversion rate of carbon dioxide and the achievement that allows your group “Improve the efficiency of starch production.”

In September, Chinese President Xi Jinping set a Chinese goal of reaching peak carbon emissions by 2030.

China is the country responsible for the highest amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the world (27% of the global total in 2017, according to the Global Carbon Atlas).

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