The GlycoX project: "Investigation of the glycolipid biosynthetic pathway in Alcanivorax borkumensis", aims to develop novel biosurfactants based on natural products. Surfactants are, for example, an important component of detergents, here they are essential for removing fats. At present, many surfactants are produced chemically from fossil raw materials. Biosurfactants can be produced by marine microorganisms, which are able to break down crude oil. In the course of the GlycoX project, the bacterium Alcanivorax borkumensis, originally discovered in the North Sea, will be exploited to produce novel biosurfactants. Additionally, possible applications for biosurfactants for example as environmental protection, for removing oil and polymer contamination, will be tested.

Our task is to develop fermentation strategies and downstream processing for biosurfactants of A. borkumensis.

The project involves the iAMB, the Institute for Molecular Enzyme Technology (Director: Prof. Dr. Karl-Erich Jaeger) of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and the Institute for Molecular Physiology and Plant Biotechnology (Director: Prof. Dr. Peter Dörmann) of the University of Bonn.

Funding: The project is funded by the BMBF.

Collaborator: Tobias Karmainski

Duration: February 2020 - January 2023

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