Seminar Series with external guests

The next edition of the PhenoRob Seminar Series on August 14, 2020 from 10:00 to 12:00 will feature talks by two external speakers. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwaneberg, Head of the Institute of Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen, will present novel concepts in the area of protein engineering for innovations in plant health, and Mark Hoffmann and Julian Theis, researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS , will present the new ATLAS project.

The event will take place via Zoom (Password: 835744).

Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg, Head of the Institute of Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen: “Protein engineering for innovations in plant health”

Directed evolution has matured in academia and industry to a routinely applied algorithm to tailor protein properties to match application demands in industry and was awarded in 2018 with the Nobel Prize in chemistry (1). Our directed evolution methods (e.g. the PePevo protocol (2ab)) enable us with associated screening technologies (3ab) to use directed evolution for tailoring binding properties of adhesion promoting peptides. Examples comprise all kind of polymers (incl. PP, PE), metal alloys, ceramics, and natural surfaces (e.g. plant leaves; (4ab)). Surface functional of wax layers of plant leaves is achieved as dense monolayer by simple spray applications in aqueous solutions. In the presentation, the concept of directed adhesion promoter peptide evolution is presented along with examples of translational research for innovations in plant health following the KnowVolution strategy (5), which combines computational and experimental methodologies in four phases to minimize experimental efforts and to provide a molecular understanding for each amino acid exchange in the adhesion promoting peptide.

Mark Hoffmann, Fraunhofer IAIS: “ATLAS – An Interoperability Network for Digital Agriculture”

“The Agricultural Interoperability Analysis System (ATLAS)” aims to develop an open digital service platform for agricultural applications and to promote the development of new, innovative business models for data-driven agriculture. The platform will enable a flexible combination of agricultural machinery, sensor systems and tools for data analysis and is intended to sustainably increase productivity by using state-of-the-art digital technologies. The “ATLAS” project was launched in October 2019 and will run for three years. The project involves 30 partners from eight European countries, including research institutions and universities, the agricultural processing industry, SMEs, commercial farms and cooperatives and is part of the “Horizon 2020” funding initiative. Scientists from Fraunhofer IAIS are primarily responsible for developing the platform and supporting the data evaluation.