Yeast based biorefineries for oleochemical production
Review article, 2021

Biosynthesis of oleochemicals enables sustainable production of natural and unnatural alternatives from renewable feedstocks. Yeast cell factories have been extensively studied and engineered to produce a variety of oleochemicals, focusing on both central carbon metabolism and lipid metabolism. Here, we review recent progress towards oleochemical synthesis in yeast based biorefineries, as well as utilization of alternative renewable feedstocks, such as xylose and L-arabinose. We also review recent studies of C1 compound utilization or co-utilization and discuss how these studies can lead to third generation yeast based biorefineries for oleochemical production.


Yiming Zhang

Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Jens B Nielsen

BioInnovation Institute

Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Chalmers, Biology and Biological Engineering, Systems and Synthetic Biology

Zihe Liu

Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Current Opinion in Biotechnology

0958-1669 (ISSN) 1879-0429 (eISSN)

Vol. 67 26-34

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