Team:CSU Fort Collins

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Using frying oil to produce trans-zeatin in an engineered strain of E. coli


Frying oil waste is full of high-energy molecules. While it is currently recycled into biofuels and cosmetics, we believe that spent frying oil can be used to provide energy for product manufacturing. Our target was trans-zeatin, a plant growth hormone with applications in food, fuel, and feed.

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We created and characterized new biobricks. We ran and re-ran experiments. We built prototypes. Learn about our experiments and see the results of all of our hard work from this year.

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The best scientists consider all sorts of questions outside of the lab. How can I commercialize this project? How might it be regulated? We have spoken to experts to help us understand these questions, and compiled what we learned into articles.

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