The research project entitled, SYNBIOMICS: Functional genomics and techno-economic models for advanced biopolymer synthesis, which Professor Emma Master co-leads with Harry Brumer of UBC, is one of 13 winning projects from Genome Canada’s 2015 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition. Successful projects were selected based on genomic approaches to address challenges and opportunities of importance to Canada’s natural resources and environmental sectors, including interactions between natural resources and the environment, thereby contributing to the Canadian bioeconomy and wellbeing of Canadians. The 13 projects will collectively receive $110 million over four years.
SYNBIOMICS, is focused on harnessing the genetic potential of microorganisms to identify and develop new biocatalysts that can be used to create materials from trees, such as resins, coatings, bioplastics and adhesives. The project will also foster small and medium-sized enterprises that will work together synergistically with nearby pulp mills, creating lasting knowledge-based economic opportunities for Canada’s forest sector and rural communities. The project will receive $9.5 million from Genome Canada.