17 Oktober 2011

Research: Microalgae as bioreactors for bioplastic production

Report to demonstrate for the first time that PHB production is feasible in a microalgal system

Abstract (provisional)

Background
Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a polyester with thermoplastic properties that is naturally occurring and produced by such bacteria as Ralstonia eutropha H16 and Bacillus megaterium. In contrast to currently utilized plastics and most synthetic polymers, PHB is biodegradable, and its production is not dependent on fossil resources making this bioplastic interesting for various industrial applications.

Results
In this study, we report on introducing the bacterial PHB pathway of R. eutropha H16 into the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum, thereby demonstrating for the first time that PHB production is feasible in a microalgal system.

… Full text: www.microbialcellfactories.com/content/10/1/81/abstract

Keywords: plant based production systems

Source: Microbial Cell Factories, 2011-10-17.

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