More and more green efforts have been done by different agencies and research groups. An addition to the growing list is the recent tie-up between Protéus, biotechnology company based in France, and Syngenta—a global agribusiness company. Their goal is to develop novel enzymes of high performance for the production of cellulosic biofuel.
How will this happen?
The system that Protéus uses is a specialized automated platform that screens protein expressions that are functional. This includes expression systems that are based on eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Another expression system that is cell-free is the Phenomics which is part of the platform.
With the progress of the systems they use, we can expect a continuous progress with the presence of enzymes. In the end, the outcome of these said systems will contribute to the better usage of cellulosic biofuels.
Dr. Ian Jepson, the Syngenta Head of Enzymes R&D, is confident about this tie-up. He said, “our strategy based on optimized enzymes holds tremendous potential for the creation of next generation biofuels. The collaboration with Proteus helps us to accelerate development by offering technology that complements our core skills in plant expression.”