27/02/2018

KESS2 MPhil in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: The creation of a low alcohol fermented honey drink using yeast isolated from the bees

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  • ORGANISATION NAME
    Cardiff University
  • ORGANISATION COUNTRY
    United Kingdom
  • FUNDING TYPE
    Funding
  • DEADLINE DATE
    31/05/2018
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Natural sciences
  • CAREER STAGE
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)

Outline

In collaboration with the Bang on Brewery in Bridgend, we have developed a fermented alcoholic beverage called Mel which combines honey harvested from the universities bee hives with plants used in herbal medicine.

The next stage of the development process is create a non-alcoholic version of brew in which we will replace brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) with naturally occurring non-Saccharomyces yeasts which metabolize sugar but produce little if any ethanol (Contreras et al., 2014).

The use of yeast isolated from non-traditional sources to produce beer is not novel, a group at North Carolina University isolated a strain of yeast called Lachancea thermotolerans NCSU from a bumble bee which is currently being used to produce bumble beer. In preliminary studies we have confirmed the feasibility of isolating non-Saccharomyces yeast from the universities honey bees.

What is funded

Starting stipends of £11,358 a year for MRes/MPhil studentships (exact figures subject to confirmation of start date and an income assessment). The KESS2 scholarship will provide a stipend, plus c. £3K a year available to support project-related expenses. Fees will be met by the University.

Duration

1 year

Eligibility

Applicants for research MPhil at Cardiff University are expected to have one or both of the following:

  • a first degree, normally with class 2:1 or higher, or equivalent in a relevant subject.

You will have a degree in microbiology/molecular biology (2:1 or above) or equivalent experience gained working in the brewing industry.