- Project Dates: October 2015 - September 2019
- Project Leader: Professor Tony Clare
- Staff: Dr Nick Aldred
- Sponsors: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory DSTL (Porton Down)
This project is centred on the application of synthetic biology-driven approaches for the production by bacteria of bioadhesive proteins from barnacles. Extensive previous studies have identified two adhesives from barnacle larvae (one temporary, one permanent) that are amenable to further development. Results relating to the composition and mechanism of action of these multi-component systems will ultimately inspire simplified commercial products and provide proxy materials for testing antifouling coatings.