Itaconic acid (ITA) - also known as methylenesuccinic acid or butanedioic acid - is one of the top 12 bio-based chemical building blocks and thus a promising platform compound for production of biofuels, chemical compounds, including e.g. detergents, and polymers, including plastics and artificial glass. Itaconic acid (C5H6O4) is an organic dicarbonic acid which is soluble in water, ethanol, and acetone. The new method for production of itaconic acid uses genes encoding for the itaconic acid biosynthesis pathway of the genus Ustilago maydis.
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