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Transgenic plants producing polyhydroxyalkanoates

Mat Yunus, Abdul Masani and Ahmad Parveez, Ghulam Kadir and Ho, Chai Ling (2008) Transgenic plants producing polyhydroxyalkanoates. Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 16 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 0128-7451

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Currently, the polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) copolymer, polyhydroxy-co-valerate (PHBV) is being produced commercially using a two-stage glucose / propionate fed batch fermentation process using Ralstonia eutropha. The economics of the manufacturing process are still a major barrier to the widespread use of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and intensive efforts are being made to reduce the cost of production by means of bioprocess design and metabolic engineering of production strains. However, despite these improvements, the production costs are still high compared to petroleum-derived commodity plastics. An alternative strategy for lowering production costs that has been proposed is to develop transgenic plants that produce PHAs. This strategy is considerably cheaper because the PHAs production from plants does not require expensive fermentation equipment and processing facilities.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Polyhydroxyalkanoates; Polyhydroxybutyrate; Polyhydroxy-co-valerate; Plastid; Transgenic plants
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher:Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
ID Code:17474
Deposited By: Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Deposited On:23 Apr 2012 16:20
Last Modified:19 Jan 2018 17:09

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