Euglena International Network (EIN): Driving euglenoid biotechnology for the benefit of a challenged world

Ebenezer, Thankgod Echezona, Low, Ross S., O'Neill, Ellis Charles, Huang, Ishuo, DeSimone, Antonio, Farrow, Scott C., Field, Robert A., Ginger, Michael L., Guerrero, Sergio Adrián, Hammond, Michael, Hampl, Vladimír, Horst, Geoff, Ishikawa, Takahiro, Karnkowska, Anna, Linton, Eric W., Myler, Peter, Nakazawa, Masami, Cardol, Pierre, Sánchez-Thomas, Rosina, Saville, Barry J., Shah, Mahfuzur R., Simpson, Alastair G. B., Sur, Aakash, Suzuki, Kengo, Tyler, Kevin M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0647-8158, Zimba, Paul V., Hall, Neil ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2808-0009 and Field, Mark C. (2022) Euglena International Network (EIN): Driving euglenoid biotechnology for the benefit of a challenged world. Biology Open, 11 (11). ISSN 2046-6390

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Abstract

Euglenoids (Euglenida) are unicellular flagellates possessing exceptionally wide geographical and ecological distribution. Euglenoids combine a biotechnological potential with a unique position in the eukaryotic tree of life. In large part these microbes owe this success to diverse genetics including secondary endosymbiosis and likely additional sources of genes. Multiple euglenoid species have translational applications and show great promise in production of biofuels, nutraceuticals, bioremediation, cancer treatments and more exotically as robotics design simulators. An absence of reference genomes currently limits these applications, including development of efficient tools for identification of critical factors in regulation, growth or optimization of metabolic pathways. The Euglena International Network (EIN) seeks to provide a forum to overcome these challenges. EIN has agreed specific goals, mobilized scientists, established a clear roadmap (Grand Challenges), connected academic and industry stakeholders and is currently formulating policy and partnership principles to propel these efforts in a coordinated and efficient manner.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biofuels,bioremediation,biotechnology,euglena,food supplements,networks,agricultural and biological sciences(all),biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology(all),sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science
Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Metabolic Health
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2022 10:33
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 03:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/90312
DOI: 10.1242/bio.059561

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