Carbon metabolism


Efficient utilisation of the carbon source impacts significantly on the ability of the microorganism to maintain its cellular integretity, to grow and reproduce and, from the process perspective, to produce the desired product. Since the majority of industrial processes utilise chemo-heterotrophs, only metabolic pathways which utilise organic compounds as their carbon and energy sources will be considered here. The metabolism of chemo- and photo-autototrophs and photo-heterotrophs can be found in specialised texts.Energy generation and utilisation can be classified into catabolism (pathways that generate energy) and anabolism (pathways that utilise energy) such that catabolism supports anabolic cell maintenance ...

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