Engineering Biology
Environmental Biotechnology Challenge:

Enable sustainable, more environmentally-friendly materials and infrastructure development.

Enable the production of sustainable construction materials.

Engineering Biology Objectives & Technical Achievements

Development and production of fast-growing trees that produce stronger, fire-resistant wood.

Engineering DNA Biomolecular Engineering Host Engineering Data Science

Vectors and transformation systems for a desirable trees and vegetation.

Enzymes and pathways that catalyze increased tannin deposition in plant tissue.

Enable potential controlled propagation of engineered trees and vegetation.

Identify genetic programs to improve resistance to fire through increased water uptake, tannin deposition, and taproot depth (similar to strategies employed by coastal redwoods).

Ability to predict and address factors limiting the scale-up of fast-growing, fire-resistant wood.

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