Genomics for Bioscience
Use of genomics in the medicine, pharmaceuticals and in the medical focussed biotechnology industry is commonplace. However improvements in technology and huge reductions in costs have made it accessible to other industries enabling application of genomics-based tools to new markets, particularly those of food security, energy and healthy living.
TGAC partners with industry and non-commercial customers in genomics projects across these three broad application sectors. It is non-competitive and primarily collaborative in its approach, working on academic genomics-based projects and on product-focussed projects with small and large companies to enable them to commercially exploit the value of genomics, underpinning development of new products and approaches and ultimately contributing to bottom line, for example:
Agricultural – including food security, food processing and animal husbandry:
Control and management of infection and plant-pathogen interaction through application of genome sequencing and analysis.
Maximizing soil fertility is an important area for application of genomics. Organisms present at the root-soil interface mediate the availability and uptake of soil nutrients; metagenomic investigations can identify those organisms
Nutrition and “wellness”
Identifying novel probiotics and nutraceuticals that may protect people from disease and infections.
Sustainable energy, bio-processing and bio-pharmaceuticals.
Crops producing high yields from low inputs must be utilised to make bioenergy economically viable. Interpretation of the genomes of energy crops will enable breeders to produce new varieties to exploit this valuable market.