By combining recombinant enzymes from the deep sea marine bacterium Novosuphingovium MBES04 strain isolated from the wood chips sunk in Suruga Bay, with enzymes related to the selective cleavage reaction of major bonds in lignin from sphingomonads, lignin isolated from coniferous trees (Cryptomeria japonica) was transformed into guaiacylhydroxypropanone and syringyl hydroxypropanone, two platform chemicals. The team consisted of researchers from JAMSTEC, Kyoto University and Saitama Institute of Technology.

JST news release, December 19, 2016