Germany-UK: The Portable Organelle Project (TPOP)

Lead Research Organisation: Earlham Institute
Department Name: Research Faculty

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Description The aim of this partnering award was to bring together a consortium of scientists with expertise in photosynthesis, endosymbiosis, synthetic intracellular compartments, cyanobacteria and plastid biology and industrial biotechnology.

We have created a multidisciplinary network of researchers together who have identified specific projects that could be progressed using bioengineering to address fundamental questions in biology as well as to engineer organisms that will have an impact in industrial biotechnology.

We held a two-day workshop to discuss:
1. Synthetic ecology (robust co-cultivation of photosynthetic microbes to facilitate large-scale industrial biotechnology driven by photosynthesis)
2. Minimal synthetic organelles & engineered gene transfers (reduction of plastid genomes)
3. Synthetic endosymbionts (engineered organelles).

The workshop was attended by 14 researchers from the UK, Germany and the United States.
A viewpoint article on the topics discussed at the workshop is in preparation.
A grant application to NSF, led by attendees from the United States has been submitted with attendees from the UK and Germany included as international partners.
Exploitation Route We have identified ways in which organisms might be engineered that would lead to new knowledge as well as the development of novel chassis for industrial biotechnology.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

 
Description Scientific Advisory Board for Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS), a joint initiative of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), University of Cologne (UoC), Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research Cologne (MPIPZ) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Member of the Science Advisory Board for the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS), a joint initiative of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), University of Cologne (UoC), Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research Cologne (MPIPZ) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://www.ceplas.eu/en/home/