Applied biocatalysis for the synthesis of natural flavour compounds – current industrial processes and future prospects

Abstract

The industrial application of biocatalysis for the production of natural flavour compounds is illustrated by a discussion of the production of vanillin, γ-decalactone, carboxylic acids, C6 aldehydes and alcohols (`green notes'), esters, and 2-phenylethanol. Modern techniques of molecular biology and process engineering, such as heterologous expression of genes, site-directed mutagenesis, whole-cell biocatalysis in biphasic systems, and cofactor regeneration for in vitro oxygenation, may result in more biocatalytic processes for the production of flavour compounds in the future.

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Schrader, J., Etschmann, M., Sell, D. et al. Applied biocatalysis for the synthesis of natural flavour compounds – current industrial processes and future prospects. Biotechnology Letters 26, 463–472 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1023/B:BILE.0000019576.80594.0e

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  • biocatalysis
  • γ-decalactone
  • flavour
  • 2-phenylethanol
  • vanillin