Evaluation of Acetate as a sustainable feedstock for Biotechnological Industry


Jiménez Urpí, Montserrat


Currently, the development of new sustainable alternatives is constantly growing due to increasing concern for the environment and limiting the use of fossil fuels. Biotechnology, and in the same way microbial production, has been considered a good alternative to confront these problems, as it allows the use of microorganisms as producing hosts to generate a wide variety of products and thus prevent chemical synthesis. However, the sustainability of bioprocesses can still be improved, as low-cost raw materials that do not compete with food production could be used to replace the use of fossil fuels or raw materials that compete in this production.
Acetate is a carbon source that does not compete with agri-food crops and has emerged as a good alternative to use for both growth and the production of compounds of interest, as it can be assimilated and metabolized by producing microorganisms.
In this project, a bibliographic review of acetate as a raw material has been carried out, evaluating its production from natural sources and its metabolism, both its secretion and its subsequent assimilation. In addition, a collection of studies has been carried out that have successfully produced products of interest from acetate as a carbon source.
In short, this project focuses on the study of the current state of acetate as a carbon source and its possible use in industrial production.



Carnicer Heras, Marc


IQS SE - Undergraduate Program in Biotechnology