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Title: Photosynthetic terpene hydrocarbon production for fuels and chemicals

Abstract

Photosynthetic hydrocarbon production bypasses the traditional biomass hydrolysis process and represents the most direct conversion of sunlight energy into the next-generation biofuels. As a major class of biologically derived hydrocarbons with diverse structures, terpenes are also valuable in producing a variety of fungible bioproducts in addition to the advanced drop-in' biofuels. However, it is highly challenging to achieve the efficient redirection of photosynthetic carbon and reductant into terpene biosynthesis. In this review, we discuss four major scientific and technical barriers for photosynthetic terpene production and recent advances to address these constraints. Collectively, photosynthetic terpene production needs to be optimized in a systematic fashion, in which the photosynthesis improvement, the optimization of terpene biosynthesis pathway, the improvement of key enzymes and the enhancement of sink effect through terpene storage or secretion are all important. New advances in synthetic biology also offer a suite of potential tools to design and engineer photosynthetic terpene platforms. The systemic integration of these solutions may lead to disruptive' technologies to enable biofuels and bioproducts with high efficiency, yield and infrastructure compatibility.

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Publication Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
OSTI Identifier:
1211461
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY JOURNAL
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 13; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1467-7644
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Wang, X, Ort, DR, and Yuan, JS. Photosynthetic terpene hydrocarbon production for fuels and chemicals. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1111/pbi.12343.
Wang, X, Ort, DR, & Yuan, JS. Photosynthetic terpene hydrocarbon production for fuels and chemicals. United States. doi:10.1111/pbi.12343.
Wang, X, Ort, DR, and Yuan, JS. Wed . "Photosynthetic terpene hydrocarbon production for fuels and chemicals". United States. doi:10.1111/pbi.12343.
@article{osti_1211461,
title = {Photosynthetic terpene hydrocarbon production for fuels and chemicals},
author = {Wang, X and Ort, DR and Yuan, JS},
abstractNote = {Photosynthetic hydrocarbon production bypasses the traditional biomass hydrolysis process and represents the most direct conversion of sunlight energy into the next-generation biofuels. As a major class of biologically derived hydrocarbons with diverse structures, terpenes are also valuable in producing a variety of fungible bioproducts in addition to the advanced drop-in' biofuels. However, it is highly challenging to achieve the efficient redirection of photosynthetic carbon and reductant into terpene biosynthesis. In this review, we discuss four major scientific and technical barriers for photosynthetic terpene production and recent advances to address these constraints. Collectively, photosynthetic terpene production needs to be optimized in a systematic fashion, in which the photosynthesis improvement, the optimization of terpene biosynthesis pathway, the improvement of key enzymes and the enhancement of sink effect through terpene storage or secretion are all important. New advances in synthetic biology also offer a suite of potential tools to design and engineer photosynthetic terpene platforms. The systemic integration of these solutions may lead to disruptive' technologies to enable biofuels and bioproducts with high efficiency, yield and infrastructure compatibility.},
doi = {10.1111/pbi.12343},
journal = {PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY JOURNAL},
issn = {1467-7644},
number = 2,
volume = 13,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {1}
}