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: Exploiting the algal treasure trove” is being funded. The new network will commence in early 2019 with Saul as Director and Michele Stanley (SAMS), Pat Harvey (University of Greenwich) and Anna Amtmann (University of Glasgow) as Co-Directors. The scope of the new network will include microalgae, macroalgae and cyanobacteria.
The other NIBB to receive funding are:
- Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet) – Simon McQueen Mason, University of York
- Carbon Recycling: Converting waste derived GHG into chemicals, fuels and animal feed (CCNet) – Nigel Minton, University of Nottingham
- Elements of Bioremediation, Biomanufacturing & Bioenergy (E3B) Metals in Biology – Nigel Robinson, Durham University
- Environmental Biotechnology Network (EBNet) – Sonia Heaven, University of Southampton
- High Value Biorenewables (HVB) Network – Ian Graham, University of York