In the lab and marketplace: the search for sustainable energy from nature

Bio-energy research in Arts & Sciences centers on a surprising set of organisms: the cyanobacteria and algae, or taken together: simply "pond scum." These plants use photosynthesis to process sunlight into energy which explains their abundance and adaptability to a variety of environments, light and oxygen levels. Energy must be also sustainable in another way, as part of the market economy. This slideshow features three Arts & Sciences researchers and one Business School economist from our podcast, who are bringing humble photosynthetic organisms into focus and analyzing the market for sustainable energy production.

Photo credits: Genevieve Hay, Tim Lloyd, WUSTL Photo Services