New publication of VIVALDI research on scientific journal PNAS

We are proud to announce that the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) team of researchers led by Professor Diethard Mattanovich published a research paper on PNAS, one of the most cited journals with a high impact factor.

The paper “Conversion of CO2 into organic acids by engineered autotrophic yeast” is the fruit of years of research and marks the fundamental work of our partner in the VIVALDI project.

The research showcases how CO2 is transformed into added-value chemicals by cross-disciplinary approaches. By applying synthetic biology methods, the research group was able to modify the CO2-producing heterotrophic yeast, Pichia pastoris (also known as Komagataella phaffii), so that it can build its biomass from CO2.

"We have taken a significant step further: we were able to produce raw materials for industrial products such as bioplastics, polymers or absorbents from CO2 by introducing additional genes from lactic acid bacteria and molds into the modified yeast," explains Diethard Mattanovich, head of the research group and department head at BOKU.

Find more details on the VIVALDI press release here and the scientific paper here.