A study published in Green Chemistry on March 4, 2019, detailed an innovative process for the manufacturing of xylitol. Xylitol is a valuable bio-compound, and finds application in both food and pharmaceutical industries. Previously, industry production of xylitol from purified D-xylose had a severe environmental impact. In order to solve this issue, researchers used a renewable biomass for the production of xylitol. This discovery could contribute to the development of a greener and more sustainable society. A Japanese research team has discovered this novel production of xylitol by using modified yeast cells, a material produced by the paper industry.
Cellulose Nanofibers: Secondary Application of Yeast Cells
Apart from xylitol, the study also mentioned producing cellulose nanofiber with the help of modified yeast cells. Cellulose nanofiber has a wide application in the manufacturing of food, hygiene, absorbent, medical, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical products.
The method is vital for sustainable industrial production of both xylitol and yeast as the demand for xylitol and cellulose nanofibers are rising constantly. However, the cost and environmental impact of their production was always a matter of concern for manufacturers as well as consumers.
By using this methodology, the manufacturers will be able to reduce environmental impact on production of xylitol and cellulose nanofibers. In addition, they will also be able to increase purity production and save on cost by reducing the amount of commercial enzymes in production.
Further, the team will continue their research in order to find new ways to achieve more efficient bio-production of xylitol and cellulose nanofibers through genetic engineering of yeast cells.