Biorefineries are centralised industrial facilities that transform waste and by-products from the crop and animal production sectors into products such as food, energy, and materials. As such, they are central 'pillars' of the circular bioeconomy.
Some biorefinery feedstocks are challenging to transform using microorganisms because they contain 'unusual' carbohydrates or a complex mixture of inhibitory compounds.
As part of the project you will:
- identify a range of bacteria with potential to use biorefinery feedstocks to produce value-added products
- compare the transcriptome of selected strains during adaptation to growth on biorefinery feedstocks
- identify both common and species-specific adaptation mechanisms.
The aim of the project is to understand the metabolic changes that bacteria make to better use atypical fermentable carbon in their environment and/or overcome the effects of inhibitors.
Skills and experience
If you have experience in one or more of the following scientific fields and strong practical skills it will be well regarded:
- industrial biotechnology
- molecular microbiology
You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.
Contact Dr Mark Harrison for more information.