MERIT - Diterpenoid production from sunlight
An international team of experts in algal synthetic biology, cultivation, and industrial process modelling, joins forces to design optimized microalgal strains, accompanying industrial production and product extraction processes for light-driven conversion of CO2 into high-value, medically and industrially relevant diterpenoid products.

Multiple levels of strain engineering and synthetic biology will be implemented to create green-cell factories with enhanced carbon flow from CO2 to terpenoids. Various strategies will be combined to produce novel diterpenoid products with high potential for a broad range of applications. Optimized strains will be grown to scale and processes for diterpene product extraction will be designed.