International Sugar Journal

Production of advanced biodiesel using renewable feedstocks [Full subscriber]

The use of microbes to convert carbohydrates to various types of substances has its origin in the millenniaold ethanol fermentation by yeast. The conversion of renewable carbohydrate such as molasses, cellulosic and hemicellulosic material as well as starches in algae hydrolyzates to biodiesel is very attractive alternative to feedstocks which competes with human food. The use of metabolic engineering to genetically alter properties of non-algae oil producing microbes is a cost-competitive process to produce biodiesel provided the yield of conversion can be maximized, which determines the feedstock cost and ultimately the total manufacturing cost. The microbial approach allows the development…

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