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

  • September 29, 2017

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  • Six PHYCONET members recently attended a 2-day HPLC course, tailored to algae researchers, at RLC Lab in Loughborough. The course covered theory and application by analysing test mixes/algae extracts, investigating the effect of changing key parameters (organic solvent concentration, flow

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  • Research Associate Marin Sawa from Imperial College London was invited to exhibit her “Algaerium Bioprinter and Algae Printing” work at the prestigious international STARTS Prize 2017 at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz earlier this month. The STARTS (Science, Technology and

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