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Green Microalgae: The promising sustainable cellular factory for a greener future

Video, Sep 25 2023

Biochemistry Focus webinar series

60 mins

Microalgae are a promising platform for the production of therapeutic proteins and novel metabolites due to their sustainable light-driven cellular factory. With rising energy costs and increasing demand for food and medicines, the establishment of greener technologies is critical. 

The green microalga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) and can be used to produce food or feed additives, oral vaccines, hormones, or bioinsecticides. Synthetic biology tools and a shared STEP DNA library platform have facilitated genetic engineering of microalgae and increased accessibility to the technology. This webinar explored how microalgae could have a significant impact on global food security, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and the development of novel therapeutics as well as emphasizing the need for collaboration to establish greener technologies for a more sustainable future.

Invited speaker:

  • Julanie Stapelberg, University College London, UK

This webinar was chaired by Dr Mauro Rinaldi, University of Hull, UK.

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