TechConnect Innovation Program

Engineering Plants as Biofactories for the Production of Biobased Bulk Chemicals

Plants As Plants, TX, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Metabolically engineering elite sugarcane varieties with novel metabolic pathways for the production of biopolymers and bioproducts.

Primary Application Area: Biotech & Biological Sciences

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: PHA’s are currently produced using various carbon sources through fermentation technologies. Fermentation of PHA is noncompetitive with petrochemical bulk plastics. Instead, utilizing sunshine and CO2 as energy and carbon sources, our plant-derived biobased plastics are cost competitive. Extraction becomes part of biomass breakdown, piggy backing on evolving lignocellulosic bio-refinery technologies.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 741

Website: http://biol.unt.edu/~brumbley/

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Australian Research Counsel Linkage Grant
– 2.4 million AU$/5 yrs;

Sugar Research and Development Corporation – Australia jointly with Cooperative Research Centre for Sugar Industry Innovation Through Biotechnology
- 563,000 AU$/ 6yrs;

Primary Sources of Funding: University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners