Development of Industrial Yeast Platform Strains

Basti Bergdahl, Laura Dato, Jochen Förster

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Most of the current metabolic engineering projects are carried out using laboratory strains as the starting host. Although such strains are easily manipulated genetically, their robustness does not always meet the requirements set by industrial fermentation conditions. In such conditions, the cells frequently encounter high substrate concentrations, low pH, high temperatures and various inhibitory compounds originating either from the raw material used or from cellular metabolism. The aim of this research project is to develop robust platform strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae based on industrial and environmental isolates.The project is expected to relate the genetic diversity among a group of 36 natural and domesticated isolates of S. cerevisiae strains to the observed phenotypes, with special focus on extreme phenotypes characterized by high robustness and specific metabolic traits. The genetic diversity will further be harnessed to generate completely new strains with selected, desirable traits. These new platform strains will be a preferable choice as starting hosts in which to implement existing and new metabolic engineering designs for the production of specific classes of compounds.The project has four main tasks that are interconnected to reach the final goal (Fig. 1).It is highly multidisciplinary and involves several research fields. In this communication, we will present selected results from ongoing activities, such as the whole genomes equencing, intracellular metabolite profiling and tolerance screening of the 36 industrial and laboratory yeast strains. In addition, progress in the development of molecular biology methods for generating the new strains will be presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstract Book - DTU Sustain Conference 2014
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationKgs. Lyngby
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Publication date2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventDTU Sustain Conference 2014 - Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 17 Dec 201417 Dec 2014


ConferenceDTU Sustain Conference 2014
LocationTechnical University of Denmark
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