New article from the Austrian Press Agency features VIVALDI project
In a new article series about CO2 capture and utilisation, the Austrian Press Agency APA Science looks at projects from Austrian laboratories in which microorganisms such as bacteria and yeasts have a central role.
VIVALDI is among the projects identified as it uses the specifically engineered yeast strain Pichia Pastoris to transform CO2 into chemical building blocks for the production of biomaterials (e.g. bioplastics, animal feed, etc.). Such innovative technologies help reduce the dependency on fossil fuels and the exploitation of key resources like energy, raw material, freshwater and land.
Prof. Diethard Mattanovich, from the Institute for Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), and partner of VIVALDI project, explains in the article how the solution, now at demonstration level on a large laboratory scale, is proving to be economically feasible but more efforts and funding are needed to bring it to the market.
The full article, in German language, is available here.