The blog has been following France-based Deinove for quite sometime now, with its development of its Deinococcus microorganism. The company recently announced that it has been able to produce muconic acid in their laboratory using second generation cellulose-based materials. Muconic acid is a chemical intermediate that can be used to produce caprolactam, terephthalic acid and adipic acid.
Deinove said it has improved the strains to make it possible to multiply production by 5 compared to the previous trials carried out on monosaccharide-based model substrates, glucose and xylose.
Deinove also recently announced its partnership with Tyton BioEnergy Systems based in Virginia, USA, to combine Tyton’s energy tobacco feedstock, process and production infrastructure with Deinove’s Deino-based fermentation solutions in order to produce green chemical compounds of high commercial value.
According to the press release, one acre of Tyton’s non-smoking tobacco outperforms corn, soy and other cellulosic feedstocks. The two companies will explore various renewable chemical options for commercialization, beginning in the US southeast region.