Engineering Plants as Biofactories for the Production of Biobased Bulk Chemicals
Plants As Plants, TX, United States
Metabolically engineering elite sugarcane varieties with novel metabolic pathways for the production of biopolymers and bioproducts.
Primary Application Area: Biotech & Biological Sciences
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: PHA’s are currently produced using various carbon sources through fermentation technologies. Fermentation of PHA is noncompetitive with petrochemical bulk plastics. Instead, utilizing sunshine and CO2 as energy and carbon sources, our plant-derived biobased plastics are cost competitive. Extraction becomes part of biomass breakdown, piggy backing on evolving lignocellulosic bio-refinery technologies.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 741
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Government Funding/Support to Date: Australian Research Counsel Linkage Grant
Primary Sources of Funding: University
Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners