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E. coli bioengineered to produce succinic acid from cane bagasse [Registered]

Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a method to produce succinic acid from sugarcane bagasse. Key to the research is E. coli bacteria that the lead researcher Lonnie Ingram and his team have genetically engineered to produce specific products by fermenting sugar. The team’s previous accomplishments include E. coli strains that can produce fuel ethanol and ones that make lactic acid, which is used to create biodegradable and recyclable bioplastics. To achieve cost-effective succinic acid production using waste plant materials, however, the researchers had to make an E. coli strain tolerant to growth-stopping inhibitors. The newly engineered strain,…

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