Alternative Roots

Welcome to Alternative Roots

Alternative Roots
Newcastle iGEM

Alternative Roots


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All soils have a unique, diverse microbial community
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Within each microbial community there are many microbes with useful abilities
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The bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens lives in plant roots and helps them to grow
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By introducing new genes for our Pseudomonas to express we can influence the microbial community
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We can attract or repel certain species in any way desired
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In our case, we use flavonoids to attract free-living nitrogen fixers, that convert nitrogen gas to nitrate for plant growth
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P. fluorescens has many other abilities, including the ability to repel parasitic nematode worms [1], produce antifungals and insecticides [2] and induce plant stress tolerance [3]

Our Sponsors

Newcastle iGEM is proud to be sponsored by:

The iGEM Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration. This is done by fostering an open, cooperative community and friendly competition.

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iGEMers are building a better world by solving problems with the help of synthetic biology. We inspire responsible innovation through our efforts in biosafety, biosecurity and public outreach.

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This global network is leading the field, taking what they learned in the competition and expanding it to continue to build a better world.

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We are always happy to hear from individuals, groups or organisations that would like to support our project. If you wish to discuss a collaboration, sponsorship or if you just want to learn more about the project, please get in touch using the contact details on the right. Alternatively, if you would like to donate a small amount to fund our project, you can do so through - an online platform for discovering, funding, and sharing scientific research.

Any support is greatly appreciated and funds raised will be used in all areas of the iGEM project - such as lab equipment, human practices research, merchandise and travel to jamboree in Boston, USA.

Contact Info

Where to Find Us

Devonshire Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne

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