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Wood Bark and Peat Based Bioactive Compounds, Speciality Chemicals, and Remediation Materials: from Innovations to Applications

Objective

The production of fine and industrial chemicals and bioactive compounds based on renewable, naturally occurring raw materials has become an exciting research topic, but so far only few studies concern side products of the forest industry. We will focus on bark and on peat. Bark is a high-volume waste product, currently largely unutilised as a raw material. Northern Europe and Russia have abundant peat reserves, offering a rich source of complex molecules for many application areas. White birch, pine and spruce form the basis for a very large wood industry. Betulin and suberin are the major components of the bark of birch trees. Betulin is a precursor of triterpenoid compounds having important pharmacological, physiological or biological properties useful in pharmaceutical and industrial applications. Interesting possibilities for betulin exist also in cosmetics and in agricultural applications. Suberin is the other main component of birch outer bark, and it can be used to produce new industrially potential products such as binders for coatings and composite materials, biodegradable lubricants, and surface-active agents. Bark from other tree species (Pinus, Picea, Populus, Larix), their properties, and possible uses will also be researched in this project, along with humic substances from peat. Our work includes innovative natural products chemistry, extraction and process technology; as well as basic research on mode of action and structure-function relationships within the application areas (e.g., in plant protection products: insect pest antifdeedants, antifungal and antibacterial products; in pharmaceutical/medical applications, cosmetics, and bioremediation).We plan to ensure that promising results from this project will have a higher than the average probability of becoming products of significant importance to the forest, farming, medical and pharmaceutical sectors, with major positive spin-off impacts to human health and the environment.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/tribology/lubrication
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant protection
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2008-2B
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Funding Scheme

CP-SICA - Collaborative project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries (SICA)

Coordinator

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Finland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 228 490
Administrative Contact
Sanna-Maija Miettinen (Dr.)

Participants (8)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 260 820
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Seija Flinck (Ms.)
Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy named after I.I. Mechnikov
Russia
EU contribution
€ 271 464
Address
Piskarevsky Prospect 47
195067 Saint Petersburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Valery Makarov (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 444 465
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sue Angulatta (Ms.)
SANKT-PETERSBURG RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF FORESTRY
Russia
EU contribution
€ 186 864
Address
Nikitov Street 13
163062 Arkhangelsk
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Natalia Demidova (Dr.)
FGU FAR EAST FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Russia
EU contribution
€ 161 842
Address
Volochaevskaya 71
680000 Khabarovsk
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yuri G. Tagiltsev (Dr.)
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 204 816
Address
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bettina Landau (Dr.)
Trifolio-M GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Dr Hans Wilhelmi Weg 1
35633 Lahnau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hubertus Kleeberg (Dr.)
OY GRANULA AB, LTD
Finland
EU contribution
€ 49 998
Address
Rautatienkatu 2
48100 Kotka
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Ahlnäs (Dr.)