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

  • December 20, 2018

    The PHYCONET December 2018 newsletter is now available. This is our last newsletter, as the funding for the PHYCONET network finishes on 31st December. If you would like to be updated about the new Algae-UK network starting in early 2019, please email

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  • November 10, 2018

    Our final annual conference was held at the Wesley Hotel in London on 8-9 November. Attended by 75 delegates, the meeting included presentations from awardees of our various funding schemes – Proof of Concept, Business Interaction Vouchers and IB Seeding

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  • November 8, 2018

    BBSRC has announced, with the support of EPSRC, that £11M is to be committed to funding six Phase II Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBB), and we are delighted that the application submitted by PHYCONET Director Saul Purton, “Algae-UK:

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