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Trends in Corynebacterium glutamicum Research and Application

Andreas Burkovski
from: Corynebacterium glutamicum: From Systems Biology to Biotechnological Applications (Edited by: Andreas Burkovski). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2015) Pages: 1-10.


Industrial production of amino acid, a key sector of white biotechnology, is the classical field of application of Corynebacterium glutamicum. With a current annual production of more than 2.9 million tons of L-glutamate and more than 1.9 million tons of L-lysine (Ajinomoto, 2013a, b) C. glutamicum already represents a key organism for industrial biotechnology. Taking current megatrends in society, such as increasing population and demands for meat in account, it is likely that amino acid production will increase continuously as already estimated previously (Takors et al., 2007). Furthermore, within the last decade, C. glutamicum was applied in various production processes for fine chemicals, fuels and polymers. Based on these studies, it becomes increasingly obvious that C. glutamicum has an enormous potential for the biotechnological synthesis of many compounds and materials, making C. glutamicum a versatile platform organism and biotechnology workhorse read more ...
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