A framework based on fundamental biochemical principles to engineer microbial community dynamics

González-Cabaleiro, R. , Martinez-Rabert, E. , Argiz, L., van Kessel, M. A.H.J. and Smith, C. J. (2021) A framework based on fundamental biochemical principles to engineer microbial community dynamics. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 67, pp. 111-118. (doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2021.01.001) (PMID:33540361)

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Microbial communities are complex but there are basic principles we can apply to constrain the assumed stochasticity of their activity. By understanding the trade-offs behind the kinetic parameters that define microbial growth, we can explain how local interspecies dependencies arise and shape the emerging properties of a community. If we integrate these theoretical descriptions with experimental ‘omics’ data and bioenergetics analysis of specific environmental conditions, predictions on activity, assembly and spatial structure can be obtained reducing the a priori unpredictable complexity of microbial communities. This information can be used to define the appropriate selective pressures to engineer bioprocesses and propose new hypotheses which can drive experimental research to accelerate innovation in biotechnology.

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Additional Information:The authors thank the support of the Frontier Engineering grant “Synthetic biology applications to water supply and remediation” (EP/K038885/1), the University of Glasgow James Watt EPSRC Scholarship (EP/R513222/1), and the Xunta de Galicia Fellowship (ED481A-2019/ 083). Cindy J. Smith is supported by Royal Academy of Engineering-Scottish Water Research Chair (RCSRF1718643).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gonzalez-Cabaleiro, Dr Rebeca and Argiz, Lucia and Martínez Rabert, Eloy and Smith, Professor Cindy
Authors: González-Cabaleiro, R., Martinez-Rabert, E., Argiz, L., van Kessel, M. A.H.J., and Smith, C. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:Current Opinion in Biotechnology
ISSN (Online):1879-0429
Published Online:01 February 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Current Opinion in Biotechnology 67:111-118
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
190641Synthetic Biology applications to Water Supply and RemediationSteven BeaumontEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/K038885/1Research and Innovation Services
305200DTP 2018-19 University of GlasgowMary Beth KneafseyEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R513222/1MVLS - Graduate School