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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2011 Jun;22(3):320-5. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2011.01.005. Epub 2011 Feb 23.

Fermentative production of ethanol from carbon monoxide.

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LanzaTech NZ Ltd., 24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand.


'Too much Carbon Monoxide for me to bear…' are the opening lyrics of the CAKE song Carbon Monoxide (from their 2004 album Pressure Chief), and while this may be the case for most living organisms, several species of bacteria both thrive on this otherwise toxic gas, and metabolize it for the production of fuels and chemicals. Indeed CO fermentation offers the opportunity to sustainably produce fuels and chemicals without impacting the availability of food resources or even farm land. Mounting commercial interest in the potential of this process has in turn triggered greater scrutiny of the molecular and genetic basis for CO metabolism, as well as the challenges associated with the implementation and operation of gas fermentation at scale.

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