polyhydroxybutyrate

Abbreviation: PHB
A biopolymer, with physical properties similar to polystyrene, originally discovered in the bacterium Alcaligenes eutropus. The gene coding for this compound has since been transformed into both other bacteria and into some crop plants in order to produce a source of renewable raw material for the plastics industry. It is rapidly degraded by soil micro-organisms.

Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture . 2015.

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