Team Collaboration

We have ran an interview with an representative expert from a prodigious chicken manufacturing company in China. In this interview, we consulted with company CEO and some staffs about theri attitudes towards transgenic feeds and our project.

The SCAU team from the South China Agricultural University demonstrated that by using the autophagy system of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, AIM, metallophilic protein and fluorescent protein, we can enhance the ability of Chlamydomonas rheiniscens to adsorb heavy metals. In their projects, they choosed 5 kinds of metallophilic protein including CAL1, MTL, CuMT, MT4 and SMTA as their candidate protein. Next, they using metal ion binding proteins with ATG8 interacting interacting mods (AIM) and mCherry constructed several fusion vectors. Finally, they transformed their recombinant vectors into Chlamydomonas rheiniscens to test whether their assumption is correct.


Their project is well designed and is highly feasible. But if they want to put their project into in real use, they may work harder to get more data since the real environment is quite different from that of lab and the ability of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to devour heavy metals may be affected in the real environment. Different from lab environment created by researcher, the real environment is not only rich in heavy metals, but also rich in nitrogen and other organisms, for instance, and those condition can have a significant impact, whether it be positive impact or negative impact, on the devour ability of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Therefore, we recommend them to replenish further experiment, such as testing Chlamydomonas reinhardtii‘s ability to devour heavy metals from sewage plant.