The International Metabolic Engineering Society (IMES) seeks to promote and advance metabolic engineering as an enabling science for bio-based production of materials, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, chemicals and fuels.
The recent interest in biofuels has motivated a closer look at microorganisms from extremely high temperature environments, not only for their capacity to deconstruct the carbohydrate content of plant biomass but also for novel metabolic pathways
As our concerns on global warming and other environmental problems are increasing, there has been much interest in developing sustainable system for the production of chemicals, fuels, and materials from renewable resources.
Cell factories are used extensively to produce many specific molecules used as pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, fuels, materials and food ingredients.
Biotechnological processes depend to a large extent on the productivity of the organisms used.