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Plant and Algal Biotechnology

Plant and Algal Biotechnology is interested in developing synthetic biology tools to engineer photosynthetic organisms. Research in Cambridge is tackling several areas of plant and algal biotechnology, including the highly complex issue of bioenergy, with a holistic approach. We are bringing together a wide spectrum of experts, including biologists (plant scientists, biochemists and conservation scientists), engineers, chemical engineers and economists. In addition to bioenergy research we are interested in development of higher value compounds and chemicals using plants and algae as sustainable bio-factories.   

Lignocellulosic Biomaterials and Bioenergy

The Dupree Lab focuses on utilising parts of food and materials crops that are normally discarded as waste, as well as species that flourish on marginal land with minimal agricultural inputs. Second generation biofuels avoid use of precious food resources, have a greater potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and use plant raw material that is cheap and abundant.

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Algal Biotechnology

The Algal Biotechnology Consortium (ABC; formerly Algal Bioenergy Consortium) involves a large multidisciplinary group of scientists who aim to use algae (including cyanobacteria and other photosynthetic bacteria) for a number of different applications in the biotechnology and bioenergy industry.

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Algal Innovation Centre

The Algal Innovation Centre (AIC) addresses the requirement for scale-up and pilot facilities to enable translation of fundamental research and showcase technologies.

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Natural Material Innovation

Upgrading Softwood for use in High Rise Construction. CambPlants Initiative collaborated in the proposal for the Research Programme Grant from the Leverhulme Trust on the theme of Natural Material Innovation.

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The Hidden Power of Moss

Scientists at Cambridge University have designed prototypes that demonstrate how biological fuel cells can harness energy from plants.

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