Advanced biofuel production by the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Journal article, 2013

Replacement of conventional transportation fuels with biofuels will require production of compounds that can cover the complete fuel spectrum, ranging from gasoline to kerosene. Advanced biofuels are expected to play an important role in replacing fossil fuels because they have improved properties compared with ethanol and some of these may have the energy density required for use in heavy duty vehicles, ships, and aviation. Moreover, advanced biofuels can be used as drop-in fuels in existing internal combustion engines. The yeast cell factory Saccharomyces cerevisiae can be turned into a producer of higher alcohols (1-butanol and isobutanol), sesquiterpenes (farnesene and bisabolene), and fatty acid ethyl esters (biodiesel), and here we discusses progress in metabolic engineering of S. cerevisiae for production of these advanced biofuels.

Author

Nicolaas Buijs

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Life Sciences, System Biology

Verena Siewers

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Life Sciences, System Biology

Jens B Nielsen

Chalmers, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Life Sciences, System Biology

Current Opinion in Chemical Biology

1367-5931 (ISSN)

Vol. 17 3 480-488

Industrial Systems Biology of Yeast and A. oryzae (INSYSBIO)

European Commission (FP7), 2010-01-01 -- 2014-12-31.

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Areas of Advance

Energy

Life Science Engineering (2010-2018)

DOI

10.1016/j.cbpa.2013.03.036

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Created

10/7/2017