In this episode we will investigate how it is possible that even bacteria can produce a type of bioplastics, which is called PHA. And even more remarkable this PHA turns out to be also a natural feedstock for them. Why and how do they do that? And what can we learn from microbes about their and even our own metabolism.
Special Guest: Gert Jan Euverink (Univerity Groningen)
Part of the special Microbes Series.
What if we would be able to zoom out? Leaving the microscope and our traditional human perspective on viruses behind for a minute. What would happen if we look at viruses as one of the players in a much broader system? And as such changing our perspective to that of Spaceship Earth and the role of a virus in the web of life? What lessons can we draw from nature’s logic on how Spaceship Earth operates?
Together with specialists in the field of virology, microbiology and biochemistry we will take a journey into an unknown world of interesting insights. Combining insights and working towards cross disciplinary solutions and the essential questions we might have been overlooking. And who knows we might discover one or two innovative applications along the way.