A biotechnological approach to convert methane into bio-polymer

Heimann, Kirsten, Karthikeyan, Obulisamy Parthiba, Karthigeyan, C.P., and Cirés, Samuel (2013) A biotechnological approach to convert methane into bio-polymer. In: Posters from the Greenhouse 2013 Conference . From: Greenhouse 2013 Conference, 8-11 October 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia. (Unpublished)

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[Extract] Preliminary outcomes:

• Mixotrophic cultures are more suitable than pure cultures for effective CH4 remediation and to produce high levels of PHB. Isolation of pure strains and PHB quantification/production optimization are on-going.

• N2-fixing cyanobacteria represent an inexpensive source of PHB (1-20% dry weight ) with CO2 (product of CH4 oxidation) as the sole carbon source. Therefore dual culturing would be ideal.

• Globally, conventional plastic production consumes ≈ 270 million tons of oil and gas annually resulting in high GHG emissions. Therefore, synthesis of PHA/PHB from waste gas such as CH4 would be an economically feasible and sustainable approach.

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