Industrialization with Biological Processes is Tomorrow's Future
During the Webinar "Nature: Inspiring Source of Technology", Paula Ferreira, Researcher Coordinator of the CICECO laboratory, at the University of Aveiro, admitted that it is essential to look for alternatives in nature to current solutions, that can allow the maintaining, in some way, of the good operation of society and companies in particular.
During the Webinar, the researcher also pointed out as a major challenge, the need to change the perception that companies have about the new and more sustainable materials because, by own limitations or time, they can not always meet the characteristics, for example, of plastics and can not always be competitive in terms of costs, with this same material.
In parallel, the vision of Vânia Pais, Project Manager at Fibrenamics, is in line with Paula Ferreira, in the sense that both argue that companies need to get out of the box, regarding the way they view the processing of synthetic materials because these processes can not always be mimicked in natural-based materials.
In this line of thought, the topic of creating authentic biological production plants arises. Succinctly, we are talking about putting a certain microorganism to extract a given material. In Vânia Pais' view, this type of exploration opens up a whole panoply of ramifications that need to be investigated, and here genetic modification fits in as a lever to transform these microorganisms into faster and even more profitable beings.
Watch this discussion starting at the 40th minute, here.