Bacteria spin sugar for a greener and better plastic

A new Agile BioFoundry study published in Cell Reports Physical Science was featured in a Nature research highlight. The study describes Agile BioFoundry researchers’ success in engineering Pseudomonas putida KT2440 to produce β-ketoadipic acid, which can be used as a performance-advantaged replacement for adipic acid in a nylon-6,6 analog. Production of β-ketoadipic acid by glucose-eating P. putida requires 63% less energy and emits 43% less greenhouse gas than does production of a similar molecule from petroleum through conventional chemical processes. Read the study.