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Smart Seaweed: Smart Valorization of Macroalgae

Smart Seaweed: Smart Valorization of Macroalgae | iBB | Scoop.it

Macroalgae are an emerging alternative source of various chemicals and materials due to their unique structure, biochemical composition and high photosynthetic rates. They are promising feedstocks for the sustainable supply of commodities and specialties for food, feed, materials and energy. BERG researchers are heading the project "Smart Seaweed: Smart Valorization of Macroalgae" that aims at (i) the development of new products of biotechnological origin such as fermented seaweed, bioplastics and ectoines from marine resources and (ii) the utilization of by-products of the sea industries. Check the project web site here.

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Grant Awarded to iBB for the Smart Valorization of Macroalgae

Grant Awarded to iBB for the Smart Valorization of Macroalgae | iBB | Scoop.it

The project "Smart Seaweed: Smart Valorization of Macroalgae" has just been awarded with 178 k€ by Fundo Azul  Smart Seaweed aims at (i) the development of new products of biotechnological origin such as fermented seaweed, bioplastics and ectoines from marine resources, i.e. macroalgae and marine bacteria and (ii) the utilization of by-products of the sea industries, namely Gelidium sesquipedale residues after agar-agar extraction. The project is headed by Teresa Cesário from BERG-iBB and involves two industrial partners (IBERAGAR and SPAROS) and one public Institute (IPIMAR). The proposal was submitted to the Blue Biotechnology call 5/2017 of Fundo Azul (Ministery of the Sea).

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