Patent Number: 8,716,002

Title: Re-engineering bacteria for ethanol production

Abstract: The invention provides recombinant bacteria, which comprise a full complement of heterologous ethanol production genes. Expression of the full complement of heterologous ethanol production genes causes the recombinant bacteria to produce ethanol as the primary fermentation product when grown in mineral salts medium, without the addition of complex nutrients. Methods for producing the recombinant bacteria and methods for producing ethanol using the recombinant bacteria are also disclosed.

Inventors: Yomano; Lorraine P. (Gainesville, FL), York; Sean W. (Gainesville, FL), Zhou; Shengde (Dekalb, IL), Shanmugam; Keelnatham (Gainesville, FL), Ingram; Lonnie O. (Gainesville, FL)

Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.

International Classification: C12N 1/21 (20060101); C12N 15/70 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018