Researching the potential of species evolution in response to a changing global environment.
Environmental Biotechnology and Genomics
The Environmental Biotechnology and Genomics Program is contributing to the development of new environmental and bioindustries biotechnologies, and helping to build an understanding of the impact insects have on our environment and agriculture.
24 August 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011
Our biotechnology research is focusing on the development of new environmental and industrial biotechnologies, biomaterials and sensory biology.
Our genomics research focuses on developing new technologies to underpin an understanding of the potential of species evolving in response to a global environment that is altering as a consequence of climate change, impacts of invasive species, land use change and development, and habitat destruction.
A particular focus is in the genetics of resistance to transgenic crops and the interactions of insects, microbes and plants at the genome and genetic level.
We are involved in research on:
- manipulating enzyme and structural protein function and structure to create new biochemical pathways and biomaterials
- understanding the biomolecular basis of odour and taste discrimination, leading to a biomimetic and bioinspired approach to rapid volatile sensing for food, health and security applications
- genomics – understanding the genetic basis for insect/plant, vector/pathogen and pathogen/host interactions
- genetics – understanding the mechanistic and environmental factors contributing to the rate of evolution of insecticide/toxin resistance.
The Environmental Biotechnology and Genomics Program is involved in a range of research activities and projects. Some examples are:
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