Hydrocarbon Biosynthesis in Microorganisms

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Some microorganisms produce hydrocarbons that are similar to fuels on which industrial societies currently depend. This has given hope that renewable microbial biofuels may offer a viable alternative to fuels derived from dwindling petroleum reserves. In this chapter, a survey of microbial hydrocarbons that may provide useful future fuel sources is presented. These range from methane to compounds containing more than 100 carbons. In an effort to maximize output and tailor product profiles through bioengineering, some of the cellular biosynthetic pathways that produce hydrocarbons have begun to be studied. In particular, work on long-chain olefin, straight chain alkane, and alpha olefin biosynthesis will be summarized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDirect Microbial Conversion of Biomass to Advanced Biofuels
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780444595928
StatePublished - May 29 2015


  • ADO
  • Aldehyde deformylating oxygenase
  • Alkane biosynthesis
  • Alpha olefin biosynthesis
  • Cytochrome P450 monooxygenase
  • Fatty acids
  • Long-chain olefin biosynthesis
  • Ole
  • Polyketide pathway


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