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31 maart 2015

Vandaag is als 19e in de publicatiereeks over groene grondstoffen een boekje verschenen over kunstmatige fotosynthese; een technologie waarmee de energie uit zonlicht rechtsreeks in brandstof kan worden omgezet. Beschreven wordt hoe kunstmatige fotosynthese gebruik maakt van kennis en methoden uit onder andere de plantenwetenschappen, om met behulp van zonlicht waterstof of eenvoudige koolwaterstofverbindingen te maken. Naast de principes van fotosynthese  wordt in deze publicatie het belang van rechtstreekse omzetting van zonlicht in brandstoffen voor een CO2-neutrale energievoorziening beschreven. De auteurs staan ook stil bij de wijze waarop deze technologie in de economie en de maatschappij kan worden geïntegreerd.

Kunstmatige fotosynthese is een van de onderzoeksterreinen waarop het door de Nederlandse overheid, kennisinstellingen en het internationaal bedrijfsleven gefinancierde onderzoeksproject BioSolar Cells zich richt. Daarnaast wordt in dit programma gewerkt aan fotosynthese in planten, algen en cyanobacteriën.

Robin Purchase, Huib de Vriend en Huub de Groot (2015). Kunstmatige fotosynthese – Voor de omzetting van zonlicht naar brandstof.


The final edition of the PRICE Newsletter reflects on the major results of the coexistence research that was carried out between December 2012 and February 2015. These results were presented by the PRICE consortium during a European Workshop on Febraury 19, 2015 in Freising, Germany. Reasearch was done in 4 fields:

1. Assessment of the potential of biological and physical containment strategies. Details on this topic is presented in two articles:

2. Design of Decision Support Tools for coexistence in practice, with detailed presentation on 4 topics:

3. Coexistence within the EU and the international supply chain, with articles on:

4. Economic analysis of coexistence practices in the EU, with articles on:

In this 2nd edition we highlight two SYNENERGENE activities. In the current phase of synthetic biology Theatrical Debate is a tool that helps people to imagine what this technology may bring and to reflect on opportunities and threat.  The Synthetic Biology Monitor is not only a technical platform providing access to relevant literature in socieal sciences, but also most importantly a new wider approach for consulting which is based on the exploitation of information engineering and the potentialities of the web.

Two other articles deal with examples of synthetic biology in the context of repeatedly discussed issues in synthetic biology. The BioHack Academy is an example of how the Do-it-Yourself biology community seeks for new approaches to attempts to democratising science and technology by means of open access while exploring the ethical and social dimensions. Meanwhile, in publications on new (potential) applications of synthetic biology such as an opiate producing yeast the authors warn for its dual-use potential and call for governance measures.

Antoine Messéan, research manager at INRA (France), has developed a Decision Support Tool (DST) for farmers, policy makers and all others interested to know whether coexistence between GM and conventional or organic crops is feasible at the landscape level. The tool uses Bayesian statistics to provide the user with probability outcomes for levels of adventitious presence. One of the aims of this tool is to help policy makers to develop coexistence rules and regulation which are adapted to local situations and are proportionate to the risks.

13 oktober 2014

Vandaag verscheen het boek "De kracht van platformen: Nieuwe strategieën voor innoveren in een digitaliserende wereld." Hierin wordt beschreven hoe toonaangevende bedrijven in rap tempo nieuwe markten veroveren en bestaande machtsverhoudingen op hun kop zetten door gebruik te maken van de kracht van platformen.

This film explores the ways in which the actors of the Portuguese maize food chain prevent the co-mingling of their products with GM maize. The cooperative Agromais uses dedicated storage and drying facilities and has been able until now to supply customers like Coca Cola, Nestlé and Carlsberg with non-GM maize. Acembex, an importer, has set up an elaborate IP system of handling and testing non-GM maize to preserve its identity. And the miller Carneiro e Campos prefers to work with domestic suppliers, trust their certificates and test the batches himself until the final product.

6 October 2014

Today the G-TwYST website was put online. This website is a major tool in achieving maximum transparency in all research, consultation and communication activities of the project.

4 September 2014

Early September 2014 the EU-FP7 project G-TwYST had its kick-off meeting in Berlin. The study plan for evaluating methods for testing the long term safety of genetically modified plants in food and feed was discussed in detail and a general stakeholder engagement and communication strategy was agreed. Invitations for a first stakeholder consultation workshop on the study plan will be sent as soon as the website has gone online (early October).

22 August 2014

PRICE has released a 4th film portrait on coexistence. This film portrays COOP,  the largest super market chain in Italy.

22 juli 2014

Vandaag publiceerde het tijdschrift Futures een artikel over de rol van biosolar technologieën in verschillende scenario's voor een toekomstige energievoorziening. In het artikel wordt uiteengezet hoe twee scenario's zijn ontwikkeld: een scenario dat aansluit bij de bestaande, grootschalige, gecentraliseerde energie-infrastructuur (de energiehaven) en een scenario dat uitgaat van kleinschalige, gedecentraliseerde opwekking van energie (de energieboerderij).

The International Synthetic Biology Film Festival will take place from October 23-25, 2014, in Vienna, Austria, at the at the Museum of Natural History. Bio-fiction aims to document, speculate and reflect creatively on synthetic biology and its societal ramifications. A call for contributions is open until Jun 30, 2014. Documentary films, animations, (science) fiction and experimental films are welcome! For more information, visit!



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