The popular science journal "Hörzu Wissen" recently published a very interesting article about the "little helpers in the battle against plastic". It offers a well-researched window in current approaches the the issues of plastic waste, and also includes an interview with P4SB's very own Professor Blank!
The article was written by Manuel Opitz and was published in the fifth Hörzu Wissen issue of 2018.
Alexander P. S. Darlington, Juhyun Kim, José I. Jiménez, and Declan G. Bates recently published the new P4SB-related article "Engineering Translational Resource Allocation Controllers: Mechanistic Models, Design Guidelines, and Potential Biological Implementations". It was first published on October 15, 2018 in ACS Synthetic Biology. ACS Synthetic Biology is published by the American Chemical Society, and available via their webpage.
P4SB's Professor Lars Blank has recenly presented the project at the Green Growth Symposium in Awaji, Japan, on 10th and 11th of September 2018. The JSPS Japanese-German Graduate Externship International Symposium "Biotechnology and Chemistry for Green Growth" was part of the Japanese-German Graduate Externship Program.
On the 5th of September 2018, five students from Taiwan visited RWTH's Istitute of Applied Microbiology, where they met with some of our project's members. The 5 visiting students, who had won a Competition from the Taiwanese Ministry of Education with a proposal on biodegradable plastic, spent a day at RWTH as part of a study trip through Germany. The aim of this trip was to learn more about the science and technology of biodegradable Plastics, and to ultimately use the newly gained knowledge to help reduce the plastic pollution in Taiwan.
All the best of luck to these young innovators in their studies and future careers!
The BBC has recently published a great article about recycling regulations and practices in Great Britain.
"All the plastic you can and cannot recycle", written by Wesley Stephenson, gives an interesting account of current recycling practices, their problems, and offers up an idea of what might change in the future.
P4SB's very own Wing-Jin Li has received a „Best oral presentation award by a graduate Student” at the Joint conference EBC-VII + ISBE-2018 in Chania, Crete. Wing-Jin was awarded the second place for her presentation "engineering Pseudomonas putida for plastic monomer utilization".
[Image: Wing-Jin Li giving her Award-winning presentation]
The amazing non-profit organization "The Ocean Cleanup" has launched its first cleanup system, a passive cleaning system taking advantage of natural oceanic forces to facilitate plastic collection and removal. The very first such system, nicknamed 'Wilson', has been launched on Saturday, 08.09.2018 from San Francisco Bay.
Congratulations to all involved and all the best of luck!
The jounal article "Engineering Pseudomonas putida KT2440 for efficient ethylene glycol utilization" was written by Mary Ann Franden, Lahiru N. Jayakody, Wing-Jin Li, Neil J. Wagner, Nicholas S. Cleveland, William E. Michener, Bernhard Hauer, Lars M. Blank, Nick Wierckx, Janosch Klebensberger, and Gregg T. Beckham. It was first published in Metabolic Engineering, Volume 48 in July 2018.