Industrial biotechnology: Tools and applications

Weng Lin Tang, Huimin Zhao

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Abstract

Industrial biotechnology involves the use of enzymes and microorganisms to produce value-added chemicals from renewable sources. Because of its association with reduced energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste generation, industrial biotechnology is a rapidly growing field. Here we highlight a variety of important tools for industrial biotechnology, including protein engineering, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, systems biology, and downstream processing. In addition, we show how these tools have been successfully applied in several case studies, including the production of 1,3-propanediol, lactic acid, and biofuels. It is expected that industrial biotechnology will be increasingly adopted by chemical, pharmaceutical, food, and agricultural industries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1725-1739
Number of pages15
JournalBiotechnology Journal
Volume4
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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Biotechnology
Synthetic Biology
Industrial Waste
Metabolic Engineering
Protein Engineering
Systems Biology
Biofuels
Food Industry
Lactic Acid
Gases
Enzymes
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Keywords

  • Biocatalysis
  • Bioenergy
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Protein engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine

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Industrial biotechnology : Tools and applications. / Tang, Weng Lin; Zhao, Huimin.

In: Biotechnology Journal, Vol. 4, No. 12, 01.12.2009, p. 1725-1739.

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