HYDROGEN PRODUCTION BY CYANOBACTERIUM ANABAENA VARIABILIS
Joseph Rice, Grand Canyon University, Undergraduate Students
Anabaena variabilis ATCC 29413 is a filamentous strain of cyanobacteria which separates nitrogen fixation from photosynthesis spatially by producing specialized anoxic cells called heterocysts. This study aims to characterize A. variabilis for the purpose of evaluating the environmental factors that affect its nitrogenase activity and hydrogen production in comparison to the unicellular strain of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. The biotechnological application of this work is the production of biofuels.