March 3, 2020 9:00 AM / Scientists

lmproved potential of microalgae as biofactories - introducing heterologous glucose transporters in Phaeodactylum tricornutum

Liv Celin Krämer speaks at the plantphys Colloquium

plantphys Poster 03.03.2020

Starting this month, the plantphys Colloquium will take place monthly at the FIAS. The colloquium will provide a forum for research groups from Frankfurt to present their own research results or to invite guest researchers. The lectures are held in English.

In general, there is a huge need for using microalgae as economically viable recombinant expression systems. Within the scope of this study we can show the potential of the diatom P. tricornutum as efficient biofactory under mixotrophic conditions, combining the advantages of hetero- and phototrophic growth. We expressed glucose transporter proteins in the alga P. tricornutum. By using different promoters and optimising codon bias, we tried to enhance the expression level of these heterologous genes.