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From preventing kidney disease to producing mosquito repellent, BBSRC is awarding £4.1 million to three projects seeking to sustainably improve human and animal health using industrial biotechnology. These projects come as a result of the ‘Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the Developing World’ Global Challenges Research Funding call, which invited research proposals seeking to tackle the challenges of advancing a low-carbon bioeconomy by developing renewable products and bioenergy sources in developing countries.

Scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel. Gribble are small marine invertebrates that have evolved to perform an important ecological role eating the abundant supplies of wood washed into the sea from river estuaries.

Moving to a low carbon economy in the coming decades requires a shift from using fossil resources to provide power, fuel, chemicals and materials. BBSRC, with the support of EPSRC, have committed £11 million to fund 6 unique collaborative Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (BBSRC NIBB) to support, encourage, and facilitate this essential work.