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Marine bacteria could help exploit green tides

By 10th July 2019 July 21st, 2019 No Comments

Researchers at the Station Biologique de Roscoff (CNRS/Sorbonne Université) together with colleagues in Germany and Austria have identified 12 enzymes in a marine bacterium that can break down ulvan (the main component of “sea lettuce”, which causes algal blooms or green tides). The enzymes could help transform this under-exploited polysaccharide into a renewable energy source or molecules of interest for use by the agrifood or cosmetics industries. The work is reported in Nature Chemical Biology.

Read the research paper: A marine bacterial enzymatic cascade degrades the algal polysaccharide ulvan. Reisky L, Préchoux A, Zühlke MK, Bäumgen M, Robb CS, Gerlach N, Roret T, Stanetty C, Larocque R, Michel G, Tao S, Markert S, Unfried F, Mihovilovic MD, Trautwein-Schult A, Becher D, Schweder T, Bornscheuer UT, Hehemann JH. Nature Chemical Biology 10.1038/s41589-019-0311-9

Read the news release from the CNRS.