Welcome to the Synthetic Biology network!

The purpose of this network is to share resources and opportunities with those interested in the topic of synthetic biology, particularly but not exclusively as it applies to plants. 

We are currently working a series of webinars and interviews with leaders and innovators. Dates will be announced in the near future. 

Save the Date: Plant Synthetic Biology 2019 will be held from August 7-9 in San Jose, CA. This is a conference presenting the emerging field of plant synthetic biology and it's supporting technologies, including work with photosynthetic prokaryotes as platforms as well as fabrication of plant metabolic pathways in non-photosynthetic microorganisms.

Plant Physiology is assembling articles for a Focus Issue on Synthetic Biology (click here for more information) for publication in 2019. 

Collections of resources about synthetic biology:

Algae and Cyanobacteria


Blogs and Videos

Cloning Systems

This collection includes advances in modular cloning systems with potential applications in plant synthetic biology.

Engineering Using Light

Sunlight provides the energy for life on earth. This collection includes research into how energy from photosynthesis can be harnessed to power synthetic pathways.

Gene Editing

Papers about the development of gene editing tools and applications for Synthetic Biology. Due to the importance of gene editing as an approach in Synthetic Biology relevant Biotechnology articles detailing improved enzyme performance are also included.

Metabolic Engineering

The ability of plants to generate a wide range of metabolites forms the basis of modern food and medical industries. This collection includes papers which go beyond conventional Biotechnology by utlizing principles or approaches from Synthetic Biology such as the design-build-test cycle, rational design, directed evolution, automation, modularity and orthogonality. 

Molecular Tools

Tools for manipulating gene expression in plants.

Synbio Methods

A collection of methods papers that have application for plant synthetic biology

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