SBE Update: The Blossoming Field of Plant Synthetic Biology

April
,
2017

Synthetic biology can be broadly defined as technologies that accelerate the process of genetically engineering biological systems. Although the field encompasses both plant and mammalian cells, in recent years, research has targeted mainly mammalian cells.

To serve the needs of the growing number of engineers in this field, SBE offered the first Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution, and Design (SEED) conference in 2014. The annual conference series now draws an attendance of nearly 500 people. The conference addresses the many topics within genetic engineering and highlights the development of new tools, as well as the application of these tools to diverse problems in biotechnology, therapeutics, industrial chemicals and fuels, and natural products.

Because the SEED conference has grown to such a large size, and because many of its attendees focus mainly on engineering mammalian, yeast, and bacterial cells, SBE decided to offer a new conference specifically for the niche field of plant engineering. SBE members created the first International Conference on Plant Synthetic Biology and Bioengineering (ICPSBB), which was held Dec. 16–18, 2016. The conference involved high-caliber keynotes and invited speakers, and was generously funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE), which view plant synthetic biology as an emerging...

Author Bios: 

Darlene Schuster

Darlene Schuster serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability, an AIChE Technological Community, where she oversees the industry, membership and youth-focused entities formed to advance the science and state of sustainability and the creation of the AIChE Sustainability Index (sm), a benchmark for industry. She also staffs the new AIChE Center for Energy Initiatives.

Dr. Schuster was the Clare Boothe Luce Chair of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University, and held various engineering positions with Gulf Oil Production Research and Chevron Oil Field...Read more

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