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Biofuel alternatives to ethanol: pumping the microbial well.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18471913     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Engineered microorganisms are currently used for the production of food products, pharmaceuticals, ethanol fuel and more. Even so, the enormous potential of this technology has yet to be fully exploited. The need for sustainable sources of transportation fuels has generated a tremendous interest in technologies that enable biofuel production. Decades of work have produced a considerable knowledge-base for the physiology and pathway engineering of microbes, making microbial engineering an ideal strategy for producing biofuel. Although ethanol currently dominates the biofuel market, some of its inherent physical properties make it a less than ideal product. To highlight additional options, we review advances in microbial engineering for the production of other potential fuel molecules, using a variety of biosynthetic pathways.
Authors:
J L Fortman; Swapnil Chhabra; Aindrila Mukhopadhyay; Howard Chou; Taek Soon Lee; Eric Steen; Jay D Keasling
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review     Date:  2008-05-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in biotechnology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0167-7799     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Biotechnol.     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-23     Completed Date:  2008-09-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8310903     Medline TA:  Trends Biotechnol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  375-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, 717 Potter Street, Building 977, Mail code 3224 Berkeley, CA 94720-3224, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Bacteria / metabolism*
Carbohydrate Metabolism
Energy-Generating Resources*
Ethanol / metabolism*
Fatty Acids / metabolism
Fermentation
Terpenes / metabolism
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fatty Acids; 0/Terpenes; 64-17-5/Ethanol

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