Industrial microbiology

Industrial microbiology is a branch of applied microbiology in which microorganisms are used in industrial processes; for example, in the production of high-value products such as drugs, chemicals, fuels and electricity.

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  • News & Views |

    Nature has evolved several biosynthetic CO2 fixation pathways for the conversion of CO2 into multi-carbon molecules. Now, a synthetic acetyl-CoA bi-cycle is reported that offers increased carbon efficiency by rewiring carbon fixation and non-oxidative glycolysis with implications for industrial gas fermentation.

    • Michael Köpke
    Nature Synthesis 1, 584-585
  • News & Views |

    Methanol is a promising feedstock owing to its low price, abundance, energy richness and renewability. However, the toxicity of methanol limits methanol-based biomanufacturing. Rescuing methylotrophic yeast from cell death by restoring phospholipid metabolism enables high-level production of free fatty acids from methanol.

    • Eun Yeol Lee
    •  & Arslan Sarwar
    Nature Metabolism 4, 800-801
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    The lack of innovative standards for biosafety in synthetic biology is an unresolved policy gap that limits many potential applications in synthetic biology. We argue that a massive support for standardization in biosafety is required for synthetic biology to flourish.

    • Lei Pei
    • , Michele Garfinkel
    •  & Markus Schmidt