To do so, we plan to employ synbio tools to produce four of the Ranaspumin proteins present in the bubble nests of Leptodactylidae frogs, and regulating B. subtilis’ natural complex metabolic pathway in charge of synthesizing its biofilm’s matrix components for us to substitute PFOs as foaming agents in firefighting mixtures. To achieve this, we conducted a thorough analysis of the biological components involved, and we also executed several models which helped us understand how our system and foam behaved.
As well, we performed outreach activities that included science communication, policy revision, and entrepreneurship to connect our product with the outside world. Not only will our project aid the environment, but it will also allow underfunded fire departments to access these tools because, as there are no foam producers in this country, current foams are very expensive due to importation costs.
Authors Alvarez-Robledo Daniela
Solís-Pacheco Alejandro Alfonso
Hernández-Sánchez Abel Adonaí
González-Garza Leonardo Uriel
Flores-Coronado José Alonso
Valenzuela-Chapa Cynthia Elizabeth
Meléndez-Calvo Julieta Monserrat From Team FCB-UANL
Stakeholders -Parques y Vida Silvestre Nuevo León: “Your fire educational activities should also focus on homes, and not only forests”
-M.Sc. Gloria Vallejo: “When using foams, more does not usually mean better” (because foams have a certain concentration at which they work).
-Instructor Lucia Florido: “Fire Retardants are not usually used because of their high costs and their pollutant features”