Activities

The focus of PHYCONET is on high-value products from microalgae (including cyanobacteria), industrially cultivated in an intensive and controlled manner using photobioreactor and fermentor-based technologies. Activities within this remit will be organised into five streams:

  1. Build on current expertise and progress in algal genomics, synthetic biology and systems biology to develop key species as phototrophic platform strains for the IB sector.
  2. Exploit the knowledge-base in bioinformatics, data mining, ‘omics, metabolic modeling and biological chemistry to identify new algal genes and metabolic pathways that could be exploited commercially, either through transfer to platform strains or industrial cultivation of the natural species.
  3. Develop a robust, cost-effective and scalable photobioreactor technology for the IB sector.
  4. Advance cultivation (phototrophic, mixotrophic and heterotrophic growth) and downstream processing technologies.
  5. Assess opportunities and barriers to commercialisation.

 

 

Phyconet News

  • May 9, 2017

    Many congratulations to the following, who have been awarded undergraduate summer studentship funding: Tom Bibby & student Hannah Connabeer (University of Southampton): Tapping the unused potential of photosynthesis. Eleanor Binner & student Ruishan Liu (University of Nottingham): Microwave-assisted depolymerisation of an

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  • April 24, 2017

    The PHYCONET April 2017 newsletter is out. To receive the next newsletter by email, please join us by completing the short form on the membership page.

  • April 12, 2017

    Congratulations to the following, who have been awarded BIV funding: Geoffrey Proffitt (Swansea University), who will work with AlgaeCytes Ltd. on Technical consultancy for the first commercial microalgae pilot module in the UK Alison Smith (University of Cambridge), in conjunction

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