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Overall project

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Cibus 3.0 is a project consisting on the production of biodiesel from dairy industry wastes. Annually, about 675 thousand tons of whey are thrown into rivers. This because at the present time there isn’t a program for reusing this waste, and producers find it difficult to treat them properly because of its chemical composition.


Cibus 3.0 plans to face this problem by using a system of genetically bred bacteria using synthetic biology to transform this waste into biodiesel in a more efficient and scalable way. The improvements on this bacteria’s metabolism allow them to have a better intake of the substrate and its transformation into the desired product (biodiesel). Furthermore this process allows a better harvest of the produced biofuel compared to current systems, and at the end the bacteria bursts, releasing biodiesel in the medium. In the future, Cibus 3.0 expects to transform more bacteria in order to use other industrial and agricultural wastes as raw material for biodiesel production.

Project Details

The Experiments

Results