The expected results are:
- To generate a library of modular genetic parts encoding biomolecules active in biomass degradation;
- To create a portfolio of bacterial / fungal strains with optimised degradation performance for key industrially-relevant types of biomass;
- To define the design rules for what biomolecules are required for effective biodegradation.
Exploitation will be achieved by industry partner Ingenza who provide a ready route to exploitation of this high-throughput platform technology via sale of enzyme cocktails (direct or by third party), licensed production of proprietary engineered strain to third party and/or contracted development of custom biomass-optimised strain.
Professor Alistair Elfick