Microorganisms - 6 News by RUB
Sustainable raw materials for a green chemical industry
Launch of the BEFuel project: From exhaust gases and wastewater to e-fuels and high-quality chemicals
29-Jan-2024 - How can e-fuels and biosurfactants for industry be produced from exhaust gases and wastewater? An interdisciplinary consortium coordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT is addressing this question in the newly launched BEFuel project. The focus is on coupled bioelectrochemical production – i.e. the ...
Wastewater treatment plants as drivers for the energy transition
Technical add-on module can, in principle, turn any wastewater treatment plant into a CO2 sink and decentralized methane production plant
21-Sep-2023 - By implementing an innovative technology, any wastewater treatment plant would be able to produce methane from carbon dioxide in an environmentally friendly way. If some microorganisms present in wastewater treatment plants are additionally supplied with hydrogen and carbon dioxide, they produce ...
Soil bacteria as biocatalysts
Researchers have clarified the molecular structure of an enzyme class, enabling them to use bacteria to produce prodrugs
08-Mar-2023 - Researchers from Bochum and Leipzig have successfully used a soil bacterium to specifically produce prodrugs. The key to this step was a detailed understanding of the metabolisation of indole. The natural compound is first activated in microorganisms. To do this, they need a monooxygenase, the ...
Step by step to the end product through enzyme catalysis
Enzymes from microorganisms can produce valuable chemical substances. In a cascade, they can do that even if they need different environmental conditions
02-Sep-2021 - The production of the sugar trehalose, which is used as a functional food and an additive in pharmaceutical products or in cosmetics, is a team effort for enzymes: One takes care of the construction of an energy-rich intermediate product (UDP-glucose), from which the second then makes trehalose. ...
Bio solar cell produces hydrogen
Modular character allows multiple applications
27-Sep-2018 - An international team of researchers has combined molecular building blocks from plants and microorganisms in a bio solar cell so that they could use light energy to directly produce hydrogen. This combination does not occur like this in nature: although plants can use light energy to convert ...
“Two in One” enzyme: unusually flexible Scientists from the RUB have solved the structure of a viral protein
The Journal of Biological Chemistry has ranked this documentation as “Paper of the Week.”
09-Oct-2008 - A virus that infects the marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus can produce specific pigments more effectively than its host can. It requires only one enzyme, in contrast to the host Prochlorococcus, which needs two enzymes. The virus makes use of phycoerythrobilin synthase, a “two in one” enzyme. ...
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