Synthesis of Biopolymers

  • Gerhart Braunegg
  • Rodolfo Bona
  • Gudrun Haage
  • Florian Schellauf
  • Elisabeth Wallner


A number of polymers can be produced via fermentation, using special consortia of microorganisms to convert renewable raw materials (surplus or waste products from agriculture or foresting) into useful products within sustainable processes. The main groups are either extracellular polysaccharides produced by many eukaryotic or prokaryotic microorganisms, or polyhydroxyalkanoates stored intracellularly as reserve products for carbon and energy in a variety of bacteria. In order to lower production costs for these biopolymers, continuous processes have to be designed for the future.


Leuconostoc Mesenteroides Carbon Starvation Autocatalytic Process Prokaryotic Microorganism Pseudomonas Oleovorans 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerhart Braunegg
    • 1
  • Rodolfo Bona
    • 1
  • Gudrun Haage
    • 1
  • Florian Schellauf
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Wallner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für BiotechnologieTU GrazGrazAustria

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