Creation of essential technologies to utilize carbon dioxide as a resource through the enhancement of plant productivity and the exploitation of plant products

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 Seiichi Taguchi (Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture)

Creation of novel biopolymers based on the microbial factory by utilizing plant biomass resources and their fabrication to high-performance materials

 Our project is aimed at developing the microbial factory for biosynthesis of novel type of bipolymers from plant biomass-derived sugars and fatty acids. Microbial factory optimized by enzyme engineerng and metabolic engineering will provide a variety of highly enantio-pure biopolymers that can exhibit diverse properties by controllable copolymerization. Novel plant biomass-based esterified polysaccharides will function as nucleating agents to facilitate the processibility of the biopolymers in manufacturing value-added nanofibers and films.