MeY4bioPP - Metabolic engineering of baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) for the production of bio-polyphosphate

Worldwide phosphate reserves will be exhausted in 100 to 300 years. Therefore, strategies for minimized phosphate consumption and phosphate recycling from unused phosphate waste streams must be developed. Together with our project partner (Chemische Fabrik Budenheim KG) biotechnological polyphosphate production is being further developed in MeY4bioPP through metabolic engineering of the production organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The aim is to produce bio-polyphosphate with a high yield and content in the biomass. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF, 031B0827A).

We developed sophisticated analytical methods to study polyphosphate. We would be happy to apply these analytics in new collaborations. We are also looking for potential partners to test applications of our new products (polyP-rich yeast extract and pure bio-polyphosphate). Because our phosphate recycling strategy is built modularly, we are curious to test new phosphate sources. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested.

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