The publication "Using prokaryotes for carbon capture storage" selected as best review by Trends journals
The review by Kjetill S. Jakobsen, Unni Vik and colleagues is the editor's pick for 2017.
The authors from the Department of Biosciences and CEES, Unni Vik and Kjetill S. Jakobsen.
In the annual nomination of the best reviews – "the reviews that inspired us in 2017" – the paper "Using prokaryotes for carbon capture storage" was selected as the best paper by the editor of Trends in Biotechnology. The paper was written by the joint first authors Natalie Hicks (Scottish Marine Institute) & Unni Vik (CEES), senior author Kjetill S. Jakobsen (CEES) and colleagues.
Each of the Trends journals, including Trends in Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Cancer, Biotechnology and Ecology and Evolution selected a single review as their best. At the CellPress CrossTalk web site the editor of Trends in Biotechnology, Matt Pavlovich, writes: "Trends in Biotechnology is all about taking ideas from biology and using them in new and exciting ways. I couldn't think of a paper that embodies that spirit better than this review from Kjetill Jakobsen and colleagues, which proposes the strategy of using microbes as a biotechnology to capture and store atmospheric carbon dioxide."
The publication describes how it may be possible to utilize bacteria for CO2 monitoring and capture in near future, and it is argued that carbon capture by microorganisms would enable production of valuable biochemical compounds - a game changer in biotechnology, but even more for our future environment. Matt Pavlovich comments: "While it might be a while before we're inoculating microbial cultures in our flue gas stacks, this opinion article does an excellent job of taking an idea that might sound outlandish, supporting it with compelling literature examples across many different scientific disciplines, and ultimately convincing you that the authors are onto something important."
The publication was a result of a project funded by the program CLIMIT (a program for Carbon Capture and Storage) of the Research Council of Norway.
Title: Using Prokaryotes for Carbon Capture Storage
Authors: Natalie Hicks,1,* Unni Vik,2,* Peter Taylor,1 Efthymios Ladoukakis,3 Joonsang Park,4 Frangiskos Kolisis,3 and Kjetill S. Jakobsen2,*
Journal: Trends in Biotechnology, January 2017, Vol. 35, No. 1
1 Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban Argyll PA37 1QA, UK
2 Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1066 Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway
3 National Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering, Laboratory of Biotechnology, 9 Iroon Polytechneiou street, Zografou 157 80, Athens, Greece
4 Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Sognsveien 72, 0855 Oslo, Norway
* These authors contributed equally to this paper.
Background: "Bakterier kan overvåke karbonlagring og redde klimaet", Titan (Norwegian only)