A recent work by Biopetrolia-affiliated researchers was published in Biotechnology & Bioengineering. The publication describes engineering of yeast for the production of long-chain wax esters.
Long-chain wax esters are the main constituents of jojoba oil and are responsible for most of its properties. Furthermore, wax esters of different formulations are commonly used as cosmetic ingredients and biolubricants. The work is the first demonstration of the synthesis of very long-chain wax esters using yeast.