Scarab Genomics, a leader in the development of production E. coli strains based on reduced genome technology and the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point have entered into a research agreement to produce isoprene from paper and pulp mill waste streams. Isoprene can be used to manufacture aviation fuels or latex for use in rubber products.
WIST is using Scarab's engineered bacteria, to implement its isoprene production technology to provide isoprene from renewable resources as opposed to fossil fuels. The process may also be extended to include other sources of cellulosic biomass in addition to paper and pulp waste. Production of this high-value chemical would diversify revenue opportunities for paper and pulp mills, create new jobs and reduce waste.
Under the terms of the agreement, Scarab Genomics will provide strains and plasmids specifically designed to optimize isoprene production using WIST's isoprene production technology. Preliminary testing has already demonstrated increased production of isoprene in the Scarab strains compared to common laboratory strains.
Source: Scarab Genomics