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Scientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can be used to bolster cellular productivity, with implications for the next generation of biofuel production. Because there is a growing need for the renewable production of biofuels and other commodity chemicals to move away from fossil fuels, scientists have long sought to enhance the internal organisation of bacteria and improve the efficiency of the cells for making nutrients, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.

Launched today, the UK National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) plans to enhance our understanding of biofilms, help overcome the challenges they present across industry sectors, and enable greater exploitation of the science and commercial opportunities they represent. NBIC is a major, £12.5 million five year investment which forms a key part of The UK Biofilms Programme which is led by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Innovate UK.

Scientists from across the UK shared exciting updates in crop research at the New Frontiers in Crop Research Conference organised by BBSRC and the Knowledge Transfer Network held at the Society of Chemical Industry, in London, on 20 October 2016. With over 40 delegates from 25 organisations across the UK in attendance, the event fostered an interdisciplinary networking environment essential for innovation in the agri-food sector.