Solar Biofutures: a cyanobacterial platform for the production of terpenes

  • Marcellin, Esteban (Chief Investigator)
  • Paulsen, Ian (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Brown, James (Partner Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details

Description

Engineering the metabolism of cyanobacteria for industrial terpene production has tremendous commercial potential. Cyanobacteria are prolific phototrophs, capturing more than 25% of the planet’s carbon. Due to their native MEP pathway and capacity to express complex plant proteins (e.g. p450), they represent an
attractive Synthetic Biology platform for terpene biosynthesis. Combining physiological strain characterisation and multi-omics studies, we will develop metabolic models and new engineering strategies. Using our platform, we will design a suite of modified freshwater and marine cyanobacteria with increased
terpene biosynthesis capabilities. This will enable solar biomanufacturing and underpin the emergence of an advanced Australian bioeconomy.
Short titleSolar Biofutures: a cyanobacterial platform for the production of terpenes
AcronymLP19
StatusActive
Effective start/end date16/11/2015/11/23