Microbes are essential for both heterotrophic and autotrophic production of fuels and chemicals and advances in high-speed low-cost sequencing, gene fabrication, and genome editing enable rapid generation and characterization of new and modified metabolic pathways. New understandings of consortia and microbiomes provide insights andapplications to natural biomass conversion systems. Improvements in rate, titer, conversion efficiency, and yield are sought to overcome the scale and economic obstacles to achieving economically viable bio-based fuels and chemicals production. This track will emphasize recent research advances using bacteria, fungi, and algae to improve bio-based products options and production economics. Topics of particular interest include new microbe strain discovery, progress using genetic engineering and microbial evolution approaches to enhance strain performance, as well as testing of natural or constructed consortia for improved microbial bioconversion.
The following lists non-exclusive topics of specific interest for this track: