A mission of industrial biotechnology is to produce valuable products from waste. The aim of the project is to establish a bioprocess of syntrophic co-cultivation of two microorganisms (Crypthecodinium cohnii and Zymomonas mobilis) at laboratory prototype level for bioconversion of renewables (molasses, the byproduct of sugar industry, and glycerol, byproduct of biodiesel production) into valuable vegetarian (produced by microorganisms) docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from omega 3 fatty acid family. DHA is essential for health of infants and adults.
In connection with RECON 3.0 (genome scale stoichiometric reconstruction of human metabolism) the new COBRA v3.0 can be very powerful for medical applications.
One of news was the assignment of Ronan Fleming from University of Luxembourg as the leader of WG2 (Multiscale modeling). That means earlier collaboration with Ronan will be facilitated also via OpenMultiMed. A modeling Training School organisation in Riga was discussed as well.
Elsts, A., Pentjuss, A., Stalidzans, E. (2017) SpaceScanner: COPASI wrapper for automated management of global stochastic optimization experiments. Bioinformatics Vol. 33, p.2966-2967. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btx363
For the first time Egils met John Doyle who was inspiring and promoting applications of engineering approaches in systems biology when Egils just entered the field in 2005.
Next year the conference takes place in Lyon, France.