High-throughput detection of ethanol-producing cyanobacteria in a microdroplet platform
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Abalde-Cela, S., Gould, A., Liu, X., Kazamia, E., Smith, A., & Abell, C. (2015). High-throughput detection of ethanol-producing cyanobacteria in a microdroplet platform. Interface, 12 (20150216)https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2015.0216
Ethanol production by microorganisms is an important renewable energy source. Most processes involve fermentation of sugars from plant feedstock, but there is increasing interest in direct ethanol production by photosynthetic organisms. To facilitate this, a high-throughput screening technique for the detection of ethanol is required. Here, a method for the quantitative detection of ethanol in a microdroplet-based platform is described that can be used for screening cyanobacterial strains to identify those with the highest ethanol productivity levels. The detection of ethanol by enzymatic assay was optimized both in bulk and in microdroplets. In parallel, the encapsulation of engineered ethanol-producing cyanobacteria in microdroplets and their growth dynamics in microdroplet reservoirs were demonstrated. The combination of modular microdroplet operations including droplet generation for cyanobacteria encapsulation, droplet re-injection and pico-injection, and laser-induced fluorescence, were used to create this new platform to screen genetically engineered strains of cyanobacteria with different levels of ethanol production.
microdroplets, cyanobacteria, biofuels, fluorescence
This research has received funding from EC within the FP7 DEMA project, grant agreement no. 309086. Both S.A.C. and E.K. are supported by DEMA funding.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2015.0216
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/247930
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Licence URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/uk/
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