CENTRE OF PLANT SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY FOR BIO-ENGINEERING AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
PASSAGE is a research partnership between Central European Institute of Technology at Masaryk University (CEITEC MU), an emerging flagship research centre in Brno, Czech Republic, and VIB, an advanced biotechnological institute in Ghent, Belgium.
The main goal is to strengthen excellence and relevance of research at CEITEC MU through capitalization on the joint academic expertise and infrastructure to exploit newly emerging field of plant synthetic biology for tackling global challenges connected to sustainable agriculture and plant-based primary production.
The long-term vision of project in the second phase is to carry out joint research projects by utilising the complementary expertise of CEITEC MU and VIB to tackle fundamental problems at the intersection of several areas of plant biology that include molecular mechanisms of plant growth and development, genome structure and regulation, and plant adaptation to environmental challenges.
Picture: Scientific vision of the PASSAGE Teaming
The long-term vision and ultimate goal of PASSAGE Teaming is strengthening excellence and relevance of research at the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) at Masaryk University (MU) in Brno, Czech Republic, through joint venture with the VIB in Ghent, Belgium, an excellence-based entrepreneurial institute focused on translating basic scientific results into pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial applications.
The project PASSAGE within Teaming Phase 2 is expected to address global societal challenges related to sustainable agriculture, such as:
The vision of PASSAGE is to advance the promising research field of synthetic biology in order to generate knowledge that will be translated into applications in plant biotechnology and create new market niches at an intersection of interdisciplinary fields. The prerequisite of this impact is clearly the excellent level of science which goes far beyond state-the-art and generate promising results.
The workflow of PASSAGE Phase 1 is centered around WP4 “Business planning” which is a destination for major outputs of other work packages and sets out to integrate them into a comprehensive Business Plan. However, there are six work packages.
WP1 – Research and innovation agenda
WP2 – CoE Governance Upgrades
WP3 – Exploitation Framework
WP4 – Business Planning
WP5 – Dissemination & Communication
WP6 – Management