2016 – SEPTEMBER: Fear of the Unseen: Engineering Good bacteria


Bacteria are often perceived as the cause of those diseases that menace human society. Contrary to this, there are many strains of bacteria that are actually crucial to mankind.

Bacteria can be used to make cleaner fuels, greener plastics, new therapeutic agents and even the deodorants of the future.  They offer the opportunity to develop a more sustainable, ‘greener’ chemicals industry through use of renewable plant-based starting materials, rather than those that are oil-based.

Festival of the Mind has given CBMNet a perfect opportunity to engage with the public and raise awareness of how nature can be engineered to benefit society by giving the public a chance to ask questions of some of our lead researchers.