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Sustainable bioenergy and biofuels (SuBB)


  • Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

Funding total

Over £4M of UK funding, with matched resource from India.

No. of projects funded

Four projects were funded. For further details see the press release in related links.


To underpin the generation and implementation of sustainable, advanced, bioenergy including biofuels.

Key aims

  • Identification, characterisation and improvement of novel biomass (including algal biomass) processing enzymes. Such enzymes may originate from different biological sources including: algae, animal, bacteria, fungi or plants and may be natural isolates or manipulated by molecular and/or metabolic engineering, including synthetic biology approaches, to produce more efficient enzymes
  • Application of systems and synthetic biology approaches for the development of microbial strains (bacteria, yeast, fungal) for the production of advanced biofuels and capable of using all of the sugars derived from lignocellulosic or algal biomass
  • The improvement of algal strains suitable for biofuel applications including genomics approaches