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Advanced use of mosses for biotechnological solutions

Objective

MossTech will expand the tools for green biotechnology. By using the simplest land plants, the mosses, MossTech will develop new green cell factories for the production of proteins, lipids and fine chemicals. MossTech will train 6 highly qualified ESRs in modern biotechnology with the focus on expanding the use of green cells in biotechnological applications. The consortium of three universities, one research institution and four companies together provides a strong background for training in scientific and transferable skills.
Scientifically, MossTech will focus on the use of mosses in biotechnology. Mosses are structurally simple plants, but have a high degree of chemical complexity, thus are a rich source for novel biosynthetic genes and pathways. Mosses in Northern Europe are adapted for high growth rates at low temperatures and long days, which are ideal properties for competitive biotechnological production. The species and chemical diversity in Northern European mosses are very high; this allows MossTech to look for novel sources for valuable lipids, terpenoids and other chemicals. MossTech will study the lipid and terpenoid metabolism in mosses with the aim of establishing novel production lines for the industrial partners in the project. Additionally, MossTech will provide at least 8-13 new mosses that can be used in biotechnological production, along with novel transformation technologies, and an auxotrophic moss to be used in biological research and biotechnological industry. Overall, this will allow MossTech to understand complex biochemical routes leading to alternative regulation of such pathways and will provide competitive production of fine chemicals.
Finally, MossTech will provide 6 well trained ESRs that will be highly qualified and trained in novel technologies to work in the European Biotech industry that currently employs about 22 million people. The ESRs will also be fully qualified for jobs in academia and related areas throughout Europe.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/lipids
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-EID - European Industrial Doctorates

Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 290 081,88

Participants (4)

ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACAO CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 238 356,36
Address
Avenida Berna 45
1000 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARCTICMASS EHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 269 145,36
Address
Sturlugotu 8
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (2)

TAXA Biotechnologies, Inc
United States
Address
665 3Rd Street, Suite 230
CA 94107 San Francisco
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Transactiva
Italy
Address
Via Jacopo Linussio 51
33100 Udine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)