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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 1999 Jun;10(3):279-85.

Perspectives of medium chain length poly(hydroxyalkanoates), a versatile set of bacterial bioplastics

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Institute of Biotechnology ETH Zurich Honggerberg HPT 8093, Zurich, Switzerland. bw@biotech.biol.ethz.ch.

Abstract

Medium chain length (mcl) poly(hydroxyalkanoic acids) (PHAs) are polyesters accumulated by fluorescent Pseudomonads and other bacteria. Work on the genetics of mcl-PHA formation has led to polymer synthesis in recombinant bacteria and plants. Several high and medium cost applications are now emerging. With optimized bacterial mcl-PHA synthesis on inexpensive agro-substrates and the development of plant-based mcl-PHAs in the next decade, the production economics of these bioplastics will ultimately permit their sustainable production for bulk applications.

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