The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) has developed a technology for producing ‘long chain fatty acids’, which have wide application in the chemical industry and transportation. Long chain fatty alcohols are oleochemicals widely used in making plasticizers, lubricants, detergents, personal care products, emulsifiers and antioxidants. They also have potential to be used as promising biofuel candidates by being added as oxygenates in gasoline or by totally replacing gasoline.
There are currently quite a few processes to produce them, but none of them is cost effective or suitable for large scale production with high purity, quality and reproducibility, says ICGEB.
Hence, there was a need to develop a novel industrially viable process for large scale alcohol production with high yield. ICGEB’s invention is a novel method for the large-scale production of long chain fatty alcohols through fermentation technology using the selective enzymes and biotransformation technology in E. coli (Escherichia coli).
The process relates to the method of production of long chain fatty alcohol with high yield using an engineered strain of the bacteria for improved alcohol production of at least 2 g/L in a bioreactor.
For further details contact:
Dr. Syed Shams Yazdani
Microbial Engineering Coordinator,
DBT-ICGEB Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067
Phone: +91-11-2674-1358 (Ext. 460)
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