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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 applies high-tech approaches to production and processing of high-value foods and plant-based compounds from plant material and waste, pathogen identification and control, and maintenance of healthy soil.

Areas of expertise

The research team based at the University of Kent Biotech Hub can support businesses to trial new research, enhance their products or services, and solve a wide range of challenges in plant biology and post-harvesting; 

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: