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Pathway towards renewable chemicals

The use of levulinic acid in bioconversion strategies has been limited by the lack of information on the pathways used by microorganisms to degrade it. Now, functional genomics reveals the essential steps for utilization of levulinic acid in Pseudomonas putida.

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Fig. 1: Degradation of lignocellulosic biomass as a feedstock for microbial cell factories.

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Haslinger, K., Prather, K.L.J. Pathway towards renewable chemicals. Nat Microbiol 2, 1580–1581 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-017-0071-9

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