The Wageningen 2014 iGEM team, The BananaGuards, were very successful in the international iGEM competition in Synthetic Biology. At the Giant Jamboree (http://2014.igem.org/Giant_Jamboree) in Boston, USA, the team had first to present their project in the Food and Nutrition track. After all 245 teams had presented their projects, the judges selected the Wageningen team as one of the three iGEM finalists based on the overall excellence of the entire project. In the Jamboree final the team had to present their project to all judges and participants, in total more than 2500 people! They were awarded the following prizes:
– First runner-up overall (Second best)
– Best project in the Food and Nutrition track
– Best poster
Furthermore, the BananaGuards met all the requirements to qualify for the gold iGEM medal.
It was a very tight decision: the Grand price (first overall) was taken by UC Davis, which were second in the Food and Nutrition track.
The Wageningen 2014 iGEM team was hosted by the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology and the Laboratory of Microbiology and consisted of 12 BSc and MSc students, 8 students are biotechnology students. The other 4 study bioinformatics, molecular life sciences, biology and plant biotechnology. Find more information about the BananaGuards on their Wiki page (http://2014.igem.org/Team:Wageningen_UR)