PHYCONET is a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB), a UK-based network enabling biologists, engineers and industrial partners to consolidate their knowledge and expertise to unlock the IB potential of microalgae.

Commencing in January 2014 and operating over the course of five years, the focus of PHYCONET is on producing high value products from microalgae (including cyanobacteria) industrially cultivated in an intensive and controlled manner using photobioreactor and fermentor-based technologies.

Our main objectives are to:

  1. Develop an interdisciplinary microalgal research community in the UK
  2. Network with international algal groups
  3. Facilitate collaborative research between academia and industry
  4. Provide funding for research projects within the network remit
  5. Promote other funding opportunities
  6. Organise conferences and networking and training events
  7. Provide input to UK and EU policy
  8. Promote the profile of microalgal research in the UK




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Phyconet News

  • March 24, 2017

    The PHYCONET March 2017 newsletter is out. If you would like to receive the next newsletter by email, please join us by completing the short form on the Membership page.

  • March 16, 2017

    Brian Miller, CEO of µfraction8, is looking for an academic partner to apply for Business Interaction Voucher funding to test different microalgae species in an algae dewatering demonstrator. The species should be non-filamentous, 4-20 µm and tests will comprise at

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  • BBSRC has prepared an activities update for all 13 Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB). For a round-up of upcoming NIBB events and Proof of Concept and Business Interaction Voucher funding awarded since March 2016, click here.