Wednesday, 04 September 2019 19:02

An in-depth look at how enzymes benefit the bio-economy

As the recipient of the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Senior Distinguished Research Award, Professor Brett Pletschke presented a lecture on his research topic and findings on 14 August in the Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre.As the recipient of the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Senior Distinguished Research Award, Professor Brett Pletschke presented a lecture on his research topic and findings on 14 August in the Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre.

The Eden Grove lecture theatre was filled with academics, Rhodes University students and members of the general public who were ready to listen to what Prof Pletschke had to say about enzyme biotechnology, bioproducts and the bio-economy.

Prof Pletschke explained that moving from historically fossil fuel driven economies to bio-economies has the potential to cause a shift in power and in flatter more equitable economies. Drawing on the concept of the rich global north versus the poor global south, Prof Pletschke said, “We can use the bio-economy as a way for the global south to catch up to the global north.” His message was a simple one from the beginning: that enzymes and enzyme technology are remarkable agents that can drive the bio-economy.

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