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Last update: 04 Aug 2017

Workshop on Genomics & Bioinformatics [July 2017]
The 5th 'International Workshop on Prokaryotic Genomics & Bioinformatics' took place from 18-21 July 2017 (→ read more)
Joining ERA-IB consortium MetaCat [January 2017]
Since January 2017 our department belongs to the MetaCat consortium - a metagenomic collection of novel and highly efficient biocatalysts for industrial biotechnology (→ read more)
New OBAC cluster funded within ERA-IB [November 2016]
Partners form Frankfurt, Ulm, La Coruna, Gent and Göttingen will work together within the joint project 'OBAC - Overcoming energetic barriers in acetogenic conversion of carbon dioxide'. (→ read more)
FLEXIZUCKER - new BMEL funded project [October 2016]
Process engineering, enzymatic and genomic characterization of a flexible biogas production with targeted use of sugar beets (→ read more)
Annual Genomics Workshop [July 2016]
The 4th 'International Workshop on Prokaryotic Genomics & Bioinformatics' took place from 19-22 July 2016. (→ read more)

Research project:

REACTIF: Rational Engineering of Advanced Clostridia for Transformational Improvements in Fermentation
- funded by the BMEL in the framework of the ERA-IB3 initiative

The production of n-butanol from fermentation of sugar using Clostridia has tremendous industrial potential. n-Butanol is an important chemical intermediate for paints plastics, coatings and polymers. Butanol production via fermentation is sustainable, environmentally friendly and offers a lower cost route than synthetic production from oil. The aim of the REACTIF cluster is to deliver improved Clostridia strains with enhanced growth rates and tolerance to deviations in commercial process condition, increased tolerance to cellulosic feedstock inhibitors and improved tolerance to the end product butanol.
The three metrics that will be used to assess performance are solvent yield, titre and productivity. The industrial partners will develop a basis for design for an integrated hydrolysis and fermentation process.

Within this joint research project our department adresses subproject 2: Genome based and transcriptome based optimization of clostridial production strains.

For more details on the ERA-IB 3 call see ERA-IB.net

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