An efficient conversion of ortho, meta and para fluoro- and trifluoromethyl-substituted benzoic acids to the corresponding benzamides in fermentations of the soil bacterium Streptomyces sp. JCM9888 is described. We also report the efficient reduction of the same class of substrates to the corresponding benzyl alcohols with the fungi Cunninghamella elegans. These biotransformations were surprisingly efficient and may have value as disruptive technologies in process chemistry.
- Streptomyces sp. JCM9888
- Cunninghamella elegans DSM1908
- Benzoic acids
- Benzyl alcohols