29 Dec '17, 10am

#WUSTL team receives $3.9M to engineer bacteria to produce drop-in fuels from #lignin

WUSTL team receives $3.9M to engineer bacteria to produce drop-in fuels from lignin 29 December 2017 Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9-million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels. Building on prior funding from the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) for systems biology work on Rhodococcus opacus , this project will apply innovative combinations of -omics and mass spectrometry data analysis, flux analysis, and machine learning to develop improved genome-scale models that will guide multiplex genome engineering of R. opacus strains with branched chain fatty acid esters (BCFAE) biosynthetic capacity and improved tolerance to lignin degradation products. The project will take advantage of this organism’s capability to use both polysaccharides and lignin as ...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/12/20171229-wustl.html

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