Production of cis-3-hexenol and trans-4-hexenal from linseed oil
Cis-3-hexenol (mainly) and trans-4-hexenal are two molecules highly used in the cosmetic/fragances industry that are produced by chemical synthesis from non-renewable sources as petroleum. Recently, the need for this molecules obtained from renewable sources has been growing-up, but up to now the only source is the direct extraction from plants, that needs the use of high amounts of chemical solvents and thus is not an environmentally friendly and sustainable process. Anyway, the cis-3-hexanol and 4-trans-hexenal obtained by this method have a market cost much higher (from 30 - 50 USD/ Kg of synthetic molecules up to 350 - 400 USD/ Kg of natural origin/extracted molecules). Biochemize has developed a process for the renewable and sustainable production of these two molecules, through the use of recombinant microbial strains that express the genes that encode for the enzymes that are the responsible for the (metabolic bio) synthesis of both molecules in some plants that naturally produce it. Thus, Biochemize has developed a low-cost effective process for the natural (fermentative) production of cis-3-hexenol and trans-4-hexenal, from linseed oil and through the release of linulenic acid.