A BBSRC-funded team at the University of Warwick is investigating how to use methane-producing microbes, known as methanogens, to generate renewable biofuels. Combusting methane can provide a large amount of energy.
BBSRC-funded scientists at the University of York are playing a key role in the quest for a better understanding of how a recently discovered family of enzymes can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars. The enzymes – lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) – are secreted by both fungi and bacteria and have the ability to ‘chip away’ at cellulose and other intractable materials.
A call for proposals for the second phase of the Multidisciplinary Synthetic Biology Research Centres (SBRCs) is now open. The call has been developed by the RCUK Synthetic Biology Working Group, and BBSRC and EPSRC will support some recurrent costs alongside the capital monies received as part of the 2012 Autumn Statement.