The 4th International Bielefeld-CeBiTec Research Conference, September 21-24, 2014 (Bielefeld University, Germany)

“Prospects and challenges for the development of algal biotechnology” on September 21-24, 2014

Industrial Biotechnology is firmly established in several industries such as food and feed, and is a central pillar of the knowledge-based bioeconomy. There is currently considerable interest in applying novel technological advances such as 'omics, systems biology or synthetic biology approaches to develop the field further, particularly with a goal of increasing the sustainability of chemical production. In this respect, the use of photosynthetic hosts, rather than the traditional heterotrophic bacteria and yeast systems, offers great potential since the former can use sunlight as the energy source for production.

As well as dealing with ways to optimize the entire production process for chemicals from algae, the program will consider how knowledge of fundamental algal biology may provide novel insights. It will also include sessions on the exploitation of genome sequence information and genomics, the use of systems biology, and the application of synthetic biology to optimize existing processes an develop new ones. As well as speakers from academia, there will be representatives from industry, and a session focusing on early stage algaeneers, with both invited papers and papers selected from submitted abstracts.

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