Monday, January 9, 2017

BacterioFiles 281 - Prokaryote Partners Produce Plastic

Azotobacter vinelandii
This episode: Microbes with complementary abilities help each other grow and produce useful stuff from the air!
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Show notes:
Journal Paper:
Smith MJ, Francis MB. 2016. A designed A. vinelandii-S. elongatus coculture for chemical photoproduction from air, water, phosphate and trace metals. ACS Synth Biol 5:955–961.

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    1. This is pretty incredible, creating polymers is difficult enough but having microbes doing it naturally is incredible! Synthetic plastic I would think is stronger, but maybe the bacteria can produce a large enough amount to find a wide purpose? I shall be staying in tune Jesse!

      1. Isn't it amazing? Making it a viable short-term commercial competitor with petroleum-based plastics is hard, but with enough research like this it should be possible!

    2. I'm sort of new to learning about Microbes, but I think it's awesome that a photosynthetic microbe was created to cooperate/work with Avinelandi!

      1. Welcome to the awesome world of microbes! I'd be happy to answer questions if you have any.