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Droplet In-Vitro transcription/translation Enzyme IdenTification (DIVE-IT)

  • Project Leaders: Fiona Brinkman
  • Institutions: Simon Fraser University (SFU)
  • Budget: $272332
  • Program/Competition: Partner Programs
  • Genome Centre(s): Genome British Columbia
  • Fiscal Year: 2017
  • Status: Active

Today, the “bioeconomy” is termed as the sustainable use of renewable resources throughout related productive sectors. The “knowledge based bio-economy” (KBBE) interlocks traditional topics like food research, agriculture and aquaculture with new fields such as red, white, green and blue biotechnology to enhance important topics like medicine, health, and nutrition. It also merges traditional chemical synthesis routes with biological approaches.

One important part of KBBE is the integration of novel bio-derived catalysts into biotechnological applications. To achieve this, it is crucial to have a variety of specialized biocatalysts at hand. To that end, science is looking for new methods to identify novel enzymes to establish completely new and/or artificial production routes.

To analyze the vast amount of genetic information within marine metagenomes, the team aims to develop a new screening platform for fast and reliable screening of the metagenomes as a means for the discovery of new enzymes. The project will introduce habitat guiding to develop an innovative, KBBE approach to improve the understanding of marine microbiomes and the biotechnological opportunities to be gained from them.