Academy of Finland  
 
 
 
 
 
Funding decision
 
Applicant / Contact person Santala, Suvi
Organisation Tampere University
Project title Bioplastics and wax esters from wood through co-culture of bacteria and yeast
Decision No. 334822
Decision date 13.12.2019
Funding period 01.04.2020 - 31.03.2022
Funding 239 795
   
Project description
Lignocellulosic hydrolysate made from forest biomass is an underutilized resource in biotechnological production processes, mainly due to its toxicity for the production hosts. Furthermore, the lignin fraction of the hydrolysates cannot be exploited in e.g. yeast-based processes. Our project aims at improving resource efficiency and sustainability by introducing a novel approach for wood biomass valorization based on the synergy of bacteria and yeast. As an outcome of the project, the production of two products, namely bioplastic materials and high-value microbial oils from lignocellulose hydrolysate, is demonstrated. The project ‘Bioplastics and wax esters from wood through co-culture of bacteria and yeast’ is a collaboration between Tampere University and Chalmers University of Technology.