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2018

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Light-Induced Expression Of A Blue Coral Protein In An Industrial Fungus, Lindsay Tomczak Jun 2018

Light-Induced Expression Of A Blue Coral Protein In An Industrial Fungus, Lindsay Tomczak

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The ultimate goal of this research project is to improve the growth and structural characteristics of an Ecovative Design LLC (Green Island, NY) production strain to produce commercial biomaterials for packaging. These biomaterials are produced from renewable resources and can be easily broken down after they fulfill their purpose, unlike the commonly used materials today (such as Styrofoam). In an effort to quantify the light-reactivity of the fungus, a codon-optimized DNA sequence coding a blue chromoprotein was introduced and utilized as a visual reporter gene. Transcriptional controlling sequences were identified from orthologs to specific light-regulated genes and were combined with ...