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 aqueous or oil solutions. The biomass does not require pre-treatment or drying, so costs are significantly lower than existing technologies. The company is now seeking an academic partner to assist with further research into the potential efficacy of BVX. The work will involve working with a range of algal strains to test aqueous and oil based extractions of target compounds including proteins, lipids and carotenoids. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate experience from similar projects. For details, contact Jerome Vaughan (email: jerome@biovorn.com; tel: 01594 862888).

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  • December 7, 2017

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  • Congratulations to Attila Molnar (The University of Edinburgh), whose PHYCONET-funded PoC project results have been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article, “Efficient targeted DNA editing and replacement in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using Cpf1 ribonucleoproteins

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  • A 2-day PHYCONET sponsored workshop titled “Expressing transgenes in Chlamydomonas and Phaeodactylum” was led by Payam Mehrshahi and Katrin Geisler (University of Cambridge) between 29-30 November.  As part of this workshop, eight enthusiastic algae biotechnologists were introduced to different transformation methods and the basics

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