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E. coli strain bioengineered to produce a precursor for aviation fuel [Registered]

Researchers from Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology have bioengineered E. coli strain to produce a biosynthetic form of sabinene – a naturally occurring precursor for aviation biofuels- from sugar. Currently, sabinene is extracted from plants, but in such small amounts as to render the extraction process economically inefficient. In the study, researchers led by Haibo Zhang, produced sabinene by building a biosynthetic pathway using methylerythritol 4-phosphate or heterologous mevalonate in the engineered E. coli strain. Findings are published in Microbial Cell Factories.…

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