Creation of novel biopolymers based on the microbial factory by utilizing plant biomass resources and their fabrication to high-performance materials
Our project is aimed at developing the microbial factory for biosynthesis of novel type of bipolymers from plant biomass-derived sugars and fatty acids. Microbial factory optimized by enzyme engineerng and metabolic engineering will provide a variety of highly enantio-pure biopolymers that can exhibit diverse properties by controllable copolymerization. Novel plant biomass-based esterified polysaccharides will function as nucleating agents to facilitate the processibility of the biopolymers in manufacturing value-added nanofibers and films.
Production of unusual biopolymers using photosynthesis system
The aim of this project is to produce useful biopolymers directly from carbon dioxide using engineered plants. The transgenic plants would be constructed aiming for the monomers synthesis from carbon dioxide and their polymerization. To achieve this purpose, a microbial polyester synthesizing system would be engineered so that the modified pathway can be combined with carbon fixation system in plants.