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Title: Newly discovered Synechococcus sp. PCC 11901 is a robust cyanobacterial strain for high biomass production
Authors: Włodarczyk, Artur
Selão, Tiago Toscano
Norling, Birgitta
Nixon, Peter Julian
Keywords: Science::Biological sciences
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Włodarczyk, A., Selão, T. T., Norling, B., & Nixon, P. J. (2020). Newly discovered Synechococcus sp. PCC 11901 is a robust cyanobacterial strain for high biomass production. Communications Biology, 3(1), 215-. doi:10.1038/s42003-020-0910-8
Project: M4080306
Journal: Communications Biology
Abstract: Cyanobacteria, which use solar energy to convert carbon dioxide into biomass, are potential solar biorefineries for the sustainable production of chemicals and biofuels. However, yields obtained with current strains are still uncompetitive compared to existing heterotrophic production systems. Here we report the discovery and characterization of a new cyanobacterial strain, Synechococcus sp. PCC 11901, with promising features for green biotechnology. It is naturally transformable, has a short doubling time of ≈2 hours, grows at high light intensities and in a wide range of salinities and accumulates up to ≈33 g dry cell weight per litre when cultured in a shake-flask system using a modified growth medium − 1.7 to 3 times more than other strains tested under similar conditions. As a proof of principle, PCC 11901 engineered to produce free fatty acids yielded over 6 mM (1.5 g L−1), an amount comparable to that achieved by similarly engineered heterotrophic organisms..
ISSN: 2399-3642
DOI: 10.1038/s42003-020-0910-8
Schools: School of Biological Sciences 
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