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

  • September 6, 2017

    The PHYCONET August 2017 newsletter is now available. If you would like to receive the next newsletter direct to your inbox, please join us by completing the short form on the Membership page.

  • PHYCONET members recently attended a workshop on algal biotechnology at the Cawthron Institute in Nelson, New Zealand. This networking event, sponsored by BBSRC, The Cawthron Institute, CBMNet, PHYCONET, the Microbiology Society and the British High Commission, brought together algal researchers

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  • Biovorn Ltd, a UK company, has discovered a novel technology (BVX) which promises “single step” extraction of intracellular compounds from microalgae. Initial tests have demonstrated successful extraction of proteins, carotenoids and DNA from a range of algal strains: directly into

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