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FP7-Project DISCO Releases Interview Series with Project Partners

In a series of short interviews, researchers from Royal Holloway University of London and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology talk about the overall project vision, their personal experience in the consortium and project results.

Reaching the final stage of the project, DISCO has produced a number of interviews with different members of the consortium. The partners reflected on their activities and experiences within the project, the progress they made together and the results achieved. In his interview, coordinator Professor Paul Fraser (RHUL) describes DISCO as an effective alliance between academia and industry: “Its focus has been to generate renewable sources for high-value compounds. We’re looking for alternatives to improve or reduce environmental impact so we’ve gone for renewable sources and are trying to develop production in plant-based systems.” Further interviews feature MPI director Professor Ralph Bock as well as Post-docs Dr Genny Enfissi and Dr Marilise Nogueira who are working in Professor Fraser’s lab at RHUL. The researchers summarise their role and the results achieved at their institutions since the start of the project in November 2013. As the training of Early Stage Researchers (ESR) is an essential part of DISCO, the interview series clearly underlines the importance of promoting the next generation of scientists. PhD students both from MPG and RHUL explained how the involvement in the collaborative FP7-project helped to foster their training and career development. For the ESRs, DISCO has been a great networking opportunity providing them with feedback from world-leading experts in the field. Additionally, DISCO allowed them to participate in training exchanges between consortium members and across different disciplines. Throughout all interviews, partners highlighted the great collaboration in DISCO and the outstanding blend of expertise in the consortium which sparked new ideas and led to new projects. The complete interview series is available on the the project website: and can also be accessed and shared via YouTube:


biosources, green factories, sustainability, molecular biology, FP7, metabolic engineering, environment


United Kingdom