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RESEARCH

Engineering GOES GREEN RESEARCH IN AN EXCITING NEW AREA IS LINKING UNLIKELY FIELDS SUCH AS QUEENSLAND SUGARCANE WITH JET FUELS AND NEW-GENERATION PLASTICS. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE FOR BIOENGINEERING AND NANOTECHNOLOGY’S PROFESSOR LARS NIELSEN IS WORKING IN THE FIELD OF METABOLIC ENGINEERING THROUGH SYSTEMS AND SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY.

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PROFESSOR NIELSEN’S TEAM of researchers is involved in a global collaboration to develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry. The team has started a feasibility study of biofuel production from sugarcane juice, using microbial fermentation. This will involve systems and synthetic biology to improve the performance of yeast in fermentation. It is part of the Queensland Sustainable Jet Fuel Initiative, involving UQ, AIBN, Boeing, Virgin, Mackay Sugar Limited, Amyris, IOR Energy, GE, James Cook University, US Department of Energy and the Queensland Government. As well as investigating fermentation of cane juice, other partners in the initiative

are conducting research involving oilseed and algae. It comes as global moves towards a sustainable fuel industry ramp up, with the US Navy planning to have half of the fuel used for its fleet sourced from renewable sources in 2016. Professor Nielsen’s team has also found the key to turning sucrose from sugarcane into environmentally-friendly products as part of a collaboration with

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