Optimising metagenomic bioprospecting in microbiomes for novel enzymes and proteins
Microorganisms are a rich source of enzymes that can play a vital role in delivering sustainable industrial, agricultural, and environmental applications. However, traditional microbiological methods limit analysis and discovery of such compounds to organisms that can be grown in the laboratory (a small fraction of microbial communities).
In this project we will employ long read DNA sequencing and novel bioinformatic approaches to reveal the near complete functional richness of soil microbiome communities. We expect these detailed insights into community function will provide a rich opportunity for bioprospecting novel compounds.
Lead: Tom Walsh