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The Networks are funded by the
Industrial biotechnology is the use of biological resources, such as plants, algae, fungi and micro-organisms, materials, chemicals and bioenergy.
Universities and Science Minister
'These networks will unlock the huge potential of biotechnology and bioenergy, such as finding innovative ways to use leftover food, and creating chemicals from plant cells.'
Each Network has a particular focus, with the
Anaerobic Digestion is a natural process where plant and animal materials (biomass) are broken down by micro-organisms in the absence of air. Naturally occurring micro-organisms digest the biomass, which releases a methane-rich gas (biogas) that can be used to generate renewable heat and power and thus reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Rapid advances in our fundamental understanding of these microbial communities, however, mean these systems could also be manipulated to produce other valuable bio-based products.
'Bringing academia and industry together will unblock the route to exploiting these advances, allowing
'They provide a new opportunity for the research community to make significant contributions to the
Each network includes funds to support a range of small proof of concept research projects, to demonstrate potential benefits for end user industries. The networks will then work with industries to investigate these research challenges further. Many of these ideas and collaborative links will build into the next phase: the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst, funded by BBSRC, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the EPSRC, to be launched in early 2014 to support the development of ideas from concept to commercialisation.
The catalyst has benefited from recent cash injections and will now offer
These new schemes form the central part of BBSRC's strategy to support the development of
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