Biotechnological production of organic acids from renewable resources

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  • Daniel Pleissner
  • Donna Dietz
  • Joost Duuren
  • Christoph Wittmann
  • Xiaofeng Yang
  • Carol Sze Ki Lin
  • Joachim Venus
Biotechnological processes are promising alternatives to petrochemical routes for overcoming the challenges of resource depletion in the future in a sustainable way. The strategies of white biotechnology allow the utilization of inexpensive and renewable resources for the production of a broad range of bio-based compounds. Renewable resources, such as agricultural residues or residues from food production, are produced in large amounts have been shown to be promising carbon and/or nitrogen sources. This chapter focuses on the biotechnological production of lactic acid, acrylic acid, succinic acid, muconic acid, and lactobionic acid from renewable residues, these products being used as monomers for bio-based material and/or as food supplements. These five acids have high economic values and the potential to overcome the “valley of death” between laboratory/pilot scale and commercial/industrial scale. This chapter also provides an overview of the production strategies, including microbial strain development, used to convert renewable resources into value-added products.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiorefineries
EditorsKurt Wagemann, Nils Tippkötter
Number of pages38
Place of PublicationCHAM
Publication date01.01.2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-97117-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-97119-3
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2019

Bibliographical note

doi: 10.1007/10_2016_73

    Research areas

  • Chemistry - Acrylic acid, Cascade use of renewable resources, Lactic acid, Lactobionic acid, Muconic acid, Succinic acid