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Woburn, MA, United States

This invention relates to the metabolic evolution of a microbial organism previously optimized for producing an organic acid in commercially significant quantities under fermentative conditions using a hexose sugar as sole source of carbon in a minimal mineral medium. As a result of this metabolic evolution, the microbial organism acquires the ability to use pentose sugars derived from cellulosic materials for its growth while retaining the original growth kinetics, the rate of organic acid production and the ability to use hexose sugars as a source of carbon. This invention also discloses the genetic change in the microorganism that confers the ability to use both the hexose and pentose sugars simultaneously in the production of commercially significant quantities of organic acids.

This invention relates to the production of chemicals by fermentation with a microorganism in which the fermentation medium contains the sugar sucrose. As a specific example, succinic acid is produced from a sucrose-containing renewable feedstock through fermentation using a biocatalyst. Examples of such a biocatalyst include microorganisms that have been enhanced in their ability to utilize sucrose as a carbon and energy source. The biocatalysts of the present invention are derived from the genetic manipulation of parental strains that were originally constructed with the goal to produce one or more chemicals (for example succinic acid and/or a salt of succinic acid) at a commercial scale using feedstocks other than sucrose. The genetic manipulations of the present invention involve the introduction of exogenous genes involved in the transport and metabolism of sucrose into the parental strains. The genes involved in the transport and metabolism of sucrose can also be introduced into a microorganism prior to developing the organism to produce a particular chemical. The genes involved in the transport and metabolism of sucrose can also be used to augment or improve the sucrose transport and metabolism by strains already known to have some ability for sucrose utilization in biological fermentation.

This invention relates to a process for preparing 2-pyrrolidone (also called 2-pyrrolidinone) and N-methylpyrrolidone (also called N-methylpyrrolidinone) from diammonium succinate in fermentation broth. In the first stage of this invention, renewable carbon resources are utilized to produce diammonium succinate through biological fermentation. In the second stage of this present invention, diammonium succinate is converted into 2-pyrrolidone and N-methylpyrrolidone through a two step reaction. Both the steps of the reaction leading to the production of 2-pyrrolidone and N-methylpyrrolidone are carried out in a solvent phase to prevent the loss of succinimide through hydrolysis.

Myriant Corporation | Date: 2011-09-07

This invention relates to catalytic dehydration of lactic acid derived from biological fermentation and its esters into acrylic acid and acrylic acid esters respectively. Disclosed in this invention are chemical catalysts suitable for industrial scale production of acrylic acid and acrylic acid esters. This invention also provides an industrial scale integrated process technology for producing acrylic acid and acrylic acid esters from biological fermentation using renewable resources and biological catalysts.

Myriant Corporation | Date: 2013-09-13

This invention relates to the biosynthesis of organic acids in genetically modified microorganisms. More specifically, this invention provides genetically modified microorganisms that are particularly tolerant to organic acids at low pH and are capable of producing organic acids by fermentation at low pH.

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