The engineering of spatially linked microbial consortia – potential and perspectives
- Review Article
Traditional biotechnological applications of microorganisms employ mono-cultivation or co-cultivation in well-mixed vessels disregarding the potential of spatially organized cultures. Metabolic specialization and guided species interactions facilitated through spatial isolation would enable consortia of microbes to accomplish more complex functions than currently possible, for bioproduction as well as biodegradation processes. Here, we review concepts of spatially linked microbial consortia in which spatial arrangement is optimized to increase control and facilitate new species combinations. We highlight that genome-scale metabolic network models can inform the design and tuning of synthetic microbial consortia and suggest that a standardized assembly of such systems allows the combination of ‘incompatibles’, potentially leading to countless novel applications. Show more
Journal / seriesCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Pages / Article No.
Organisational unit03812 - Or, Dani (emeritus) / Or, Dani (emeritus)
03743 - Ackermann, Martin / Ackermann, Martin
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