Project Summary

Humankind has been brewing beer - or what could reasonably pass as beer - for at least 5,000 years. We know a great deal about the bioprocess requirements for beer brewing, but we know much less about the biology. Beer brewing requires three different living organisms: barley, hops, and yeast. We are using systems biology to investigate the interactions between these three different organisms throughout the brewing process. These interactions are critical for a number of different beer quality trains, including foam quality, staling, flavours and aromas.

Research Group

Vickers Group


Systems Biology, Systems Biotechnology, Manufacturing, Beer




Project members

Lead Investigator