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7th July Brainstorming


  • Chemical – Various examples given including; gases; heavy metals; illegal drugs; metabolites and other Nutrients.
  • Time
  • Magnetism
  • Radioactivity
  • Sound/Noise
  • Infections
  • Electrical
  • Humidity
  • pH
  • Population Density / Growth Phase
  • Adhesion
  • Pressure


  • Fluorescence
  • Chemotaxis / Cell movement
  • Optical Density – Changes in cell density
  • Smell
  • pH
  • Dyes (e.g. via enzymatic conversion)
  • Secretion of protein or other molecules
  • Proliferation
  • Electrical
  • Temperature
  • Death – Cell suicide by apoptosis
  • Adhesion
  • Expression of proteins e.g. Anti-bodies, invasin (an invasion protein), detergents


  • Bireactor Homeostatis = Regulate environment of a biorector e.g. temperature, pH
  • MRSA killer = Detect and kill biofilm and other infectious bacteria
  • Blood Filters
  • Bioremediation / Filtering Water
  • Desalination
  • Sewage treatment = To convert to bi-product hydrogen sulphide into the valuable product sulphur
  • Pathogen Protection/symbiosis for crops and plants e.g. nitrogen fixation
  • LDL/plaque digester

8th July Brainstorming

Please can each group add any information they find to the links below;

B. subtilis Chassis

B. subtilis Chassis page


Biomaterials project ideas page

Motility/Construction Methods

Mobility and Magnetism project ideas page.


Wall-E.coli project page