Researchers Sebastian Fuller and Professor Julian Ma have been closely involved in work that is being presented at this week's London Design Festival.

“Plant Designer” showcases the state-of-the-art technologies involved in plant molecular farming, which uses engineered plants to produce large quantities of molecules for uses including medicines, diagnostics, vaccines and cosmetic products.

Two large European research projects, Newcotiana and Pharma-Factory, have received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. Both involve the use of non-food crops, such as tobacco. Plant molecular farming is more cost-effective, sustainable and accessible than the chemical industry.

Sebastian Fuller said: “Plant Designer will be a place for festival-goers to explore their views and opinions of this new technology through play.”

Professor Ma added: "Events like this show our commitment and continuing involvement in European collaborative research. Whilst there is uncertainty for the immediate future, we all hope that  in the long term Brexit will not compromise UK science's ability to engage with our European colleagues. "

The London Design Festival opens to the public today and you can find the exhibition at Biodesign Here Now at the Open Cell in Shepherds Bush Market from 18-23 September.

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