Industrial biotechnology news
A new partnership between two BBSRC strategically-funded institutes is sequencing the genomes of a collection of yeast strains, to help unlock the great biodiversity within them to produce biofuels and other chemicals more sustainably. The UK National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) is a world-leading biological resource at the Institute of Food Research (IFR), maintaining and supplying an extraordinarily diverse array of yeast strains for academia and industry in the UK and overseas.
Aberystwyth University scientists are playing a pivotal role in a £1.8M project to develop the technology required to plant the energy crop miscanthus from seed. As part of a project led by Terravesta Assured Energy Crops and funded by AgriTech Catalyst, a team from the University’s BBSRC strategically-funded Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) team will investigate how to optimise conditions for producing seed, and will trial a number of new varieties to investigate their yield and suitability for UK conditions.
Pollution from explosives can pose a risk to both the environment and public health, so it is vitally important that cost-effective ways of dealing with it are found. One way could be to use plants. Research carried out by Professor Neil Bruce at the University of York used genetic modification to combine the characteristics of certain bacteria, which are able to detoxify different types of explosives, with the larger mass and higher processing ability of plants.