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Biosynthetic pathway discovery for fermentation-produced molecules

Microbial biosynthetic pathways can be mined computationally to identify candidate pathways for manufacturing high-value ingredients via fermentation.

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Solution category
  • Research
  • Commercial
Value chain segment
  • R&D
  • End Products
  • Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs
Technology sector
  • Host strain development
  • Target molecule selection
Relevant actor
  • Academics
  • Industry
  • Startups

Description

Microorganisms offer an immense diversity of biosynthetic pathways that can be mined for the production of high-value components to impart flavors, aromas, or key functional properties that mimic the organoleptic attributes of meat, egg, and dairy products. A “wish list” of molecules that are crucial for animal product mimicry should first be developed. Then, microbial biosynthetic pathways can be mined computationally to identify candidate pathways or novel combinations of pathway components for manufacturing these high-value ingredients in a scalable, inexpensive manner via fermentation.

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