The ability to mass produce a high-value natural blue dye for use in the food, pharmaceutical and other industries is being developed with help from SynthSys researchers, Drs Baojun Wang and Alistair McCormick, in a partnership with Scottish Bioenergy.
Generating new crop varieties with increased yields is critical for safeguarding future food security. One of the key limiting factors for productivity is the poor efficiency of the photosynthetic enzyme, Rubisco, which is responsible for net CO2 uptake in all plants.
With the surge of interest in antimicrobial resistance, microbial synthetic biology and biotechnology applications, optical density measurements- the standard way to estimate cell numbers in microbiology - are rapidly becoming automated and high throughput.
In early November, members of SynthSys headed to Shenzhen (China) to participate in the 11th International Genomes Conference and run a satellite workshop to explore the ‘grand challenges’ for our planet that could be addressed with synthetic biology.