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This project will contribute to the identification of the molecular mechanism of action of probiotic microorganisms, based on the identification of the synthesis pathways of molecular patterns relevant to their functional action. A double approach is proposed: computational and experimental. Thus, a series of metabolic models will be developed at a genomic scale (GEM) from the annotated sequences of bifidobacteria genomes.
MIPLACE aims at introducing into the circular economy the plastic polymers of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyurethane (PU), which constitute a large part of the plastic waste currently produced. It focuses on the possibility of using microorganisms or parts of them, that use these plastics and transform them into other Bio-PU molecules, which are industrially relevant and more sustainable. On the other hand, and following the principles of the circular economy, we are not only working on their manufacture, but also on the recycling of these Bio-PU products to complete the production of this important material.
The central intent of SETH is the generation of a knowledge base, a suite of useful strains and a portfolio of matching genetic technologies for enabling a new type of large-scale industrial and environmental processes mediated by whole bacterial cells but executed under (very) low-water conditions. This endeavor builds on the success of the precedent HELIOS project but goes much beyond by capitalizing on the wealth of biological activities found in desiccation-tolerant bacteria and their repurposing for the design of live catalysts able to work under an unprecedented variety of physicochemical settings.
The main objective is to exchange information and knowledge between countries affected by diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa in order to gather all available data on the bacterium, its vectors, the situation of affected crops in Ibero-American countries and the prevention and control activities that are being carried out. The aim is to generate knowledge to contribute to the development of a technological alert and surveillance system that allows local or national governments to take the necessary measures to follow, contain and eradicate the disease.
The main objective is to learn the role science communication plays on the origin of beliefs, perceptions and knowledge concerning scientific issues. To achieve this aim, we will carry out five citizen consultations in Lisbon (Portugal), Valencia (Spain), Vicenza (Italy), Trnava (Slovakia) and Lodz (Poland), with the participation of a total of 500 citizensabout four science “hot” topics: vaccines, use of complementary and alternative medicines, climate change, food safety. The researchers aim at gaining a deeper insight into the public understanding of science and identify current science communication models.
We propose to gather the most relevant stakeholders of all the aspects of standardisation in biology in Europe in a co-creation scenario; to empirically test cultural (lab-centric) standardisation practices and promote a consensus conceptual and technical redefinitionof biological standards; and, finally, to foster a realistic and flexible toolbox of standard biological parts, including a reduced set of specialised chassis for specific applications as well as a renewed conceptual framework to inform policy makers, scientific and other societal actors.