Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Clearing a Potential Road Block to Bisabolane: JBEI Researchers Identify Key Enzyme Structure

Berkeley Lab’s Paul Adams and Jay Keasling led a team of Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) researchers that determined the three-dimensional crystal structure of AgBIS, a protein that is key to boosting the microbial-based production of bisabolane as an advanced biofuel. Other members of the team were Ryan McAndrew, Pamela Peralta-Yahya, Andy DeGiovanni, Jose Pereira and Masood Hadi. The recent JBEI discovery that bisabolane, a terpene used in fragrances and flavorings, holds high promise as a biosynthetic alternative to D2 diesel fuel has generated keen interest in the green energy community and the trucking industry. More> Best Blogger Tips

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