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Bacteria that love extremes could boost production of solvents

New Project: Replacing fossil chemicals by microbially produced sustainable counterparts has long been a goal of synthetic biology. So far, this has not been successful for hydrophobic aromatic hydrocarbons such as styrene or benzene, because they are too toxic for bacteria. Prof. Nick Wierckx from the Forschungszentrum Jülich wants to change this with the project: “PROSPER - Production of a second phase of hydrophobic aromatics with solvent-tolerant Pseudomonas”. For this project, he has received a Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC).