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Technical University of Denmark Details Findings in Biotechnology (Trash to treasure: production of biofuels and commodity chemicals via syngas...

July 30, 2014



Technical University of Denmark Details Findings in Biotechnology (Trash to treasure: production of biofuels and commodity chemicals via syngas fermenting microorganisms)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Research findings on Technology are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting from Horsholm, Denmark, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Fermentation of syngas is a means through which unutilized organic waste streams can be converted biologically into biofuels and commodity chemicals. Despite recent advances, several issues remain which limit implementation of industrial-scale syngas fermentation processes."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the Technical University of Denmark, "At the cellular level, the energy conservation mechanism of syngas fermenting microorganisms has not yet been entirely elucidated. Furthermore, there was a lack of genetic tools to study and ultimately enhance their metabolic capabilities. Recently, substantial progress has been made in understanding the intricate energy conservation mechanisms of these microorganisms. Given the complex relationship between energy conservation and metabolism, strain design greatly benefits from systems-level approaches. Numerous genetic manipulation tools have also been developed, paving the way for the use of metabolic engineering and systems biology approaches."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Rational strain designs can now be deployed resulting in desirable phenotypic traits for large-scale production."

For more information on this research see: Trash to treasure: production of biofuels and commodity chemicals via syngas fermenting microorganisms. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2014;27():79-87. Current Opinion in Biotechnology can be contacted at: Current Biology Ltd, 84 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8RR, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Current Opinion in Biotechnology - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/601293)

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting H. Latif, Technical University of Denmark, Novo Nordisk Fdn Center Biosustainabil, DK-2970 Horsholm, Denmark. Additional authors for this research include A.A. Zeidan, A.T. Nielsen and K. Zengler (see also Technology).

Keywords for this news article include: Horsholm, Denmark, Europe, Bioengineering, Biofuel, Biotechnology, Chemicals, Chemistry, Energy, Genetics, Oil and Gas

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