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Growing Kent & Medway

The Biotech Hub at the University of Kent

Supporting horticultural and plant-based food and drink businesses

The Biotechnology Hub for Sustainable Food and Drink will apply high-tech approaches to areas such as the production of high-value compounds from plant material and waste, pathogen identification and control, and maintenance of healthy soil.

The research team based at the University of Kent Biotech Hub are able to support horticultural and plant-based food and drink businesses to solve a wide range of challenges in plant biology and post-harvesting;

  • Identifying and controlling crop diseases and pathogens
  • Optimising plant growth conditions
  • Developing sustainable packaging
  • Improving biocontrols
  • Creating new sources of proteins for food
  • Producing high-value compounds from plant material and waste
  • Analysing chemical components
  • Maintaining healthy soils

These are integrated with the cutting edge facilities and research capabilities of the School of Bioscience at the University of Kent, including;

  • Cell Image Analysis Facility
  • Biomolecular Science Facility
  • Biological Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility
  • Biosensor development
  • Animal cell and bacterial fermentation

The Hub will actively engage with key business partners to deliver impactful and translational research (Contact: growingbiotech@kent.ac.uk)