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Multipurpose hemp for industrial bioproducts and biomass

Objective

Hemp is a sustainable high yielding crop well adapted to most European conditions, with advantageous environmental and agronomical characteristics. Traditionally cultivated for the fibres, seeds and psychoactive substances, it is now considered an ideal crop to produce innovative biomaterials. Once a key industrial crop for fibre, hemp production declined in the last century and was displaced by cotton and synthetic fibres. This explains why hemp has not been subject to the intensive breeding that has driven great improvements in major food crops in the last 50 years. However, cotton has one of the worst environmental footprints of any crop and there is renewed interest in hemp because it requires less water and agrochemicals and provides fibre and oil of superior quality. In the frame of multi-hemp, we will use cutting-edge genomic approaches to achieve rapid targeted improvements in hemp productivity and raw material quality for end-user requirements, whilst also advancing scientific understanding of gene-to-trait relationships in this crop. This work will be combined with innovations in agronomy, harvesting and processing methods to generate sustainable products from improved varieties. The project will include demonstration activities such as field trial and process scale up. The economic and environmental implications of each innovation will be assessed so as to maximise economic return and increase sustainability. This project brings together leading research groups with a vibrant group of industrial participants working from the level of molecular genetics through to end product demonstration. Our ambition is to develop an integrated hemp-based biorefinery in which improved feedstock is subject to efficient and modular processing steps to provide fibre, oil, construction materials, fine chemicals and biofuels using all components of the harvested biomass, and generating new opportunities within the developing knowledge based bioeconomy.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology/molecular genetics
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/agronomy

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE
Address
Largo Gemelli 1
20123 Milano
Italy
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 905 980,54
Administrative Contact
Mauro Balordi (Dr.)

Participants (23)

MONTAZNA GRADNJA TADEJ ZIMIC SP

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Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 17 643,71
Address
Ulica Bratov Komel 29
1210 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tadej Zimic (Mr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 513 848,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Erwin Jolink
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 104 567,97
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chris Barber (Mr.)
HOCHSCHULE BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 570 945
Address
Neustadtswall 30
28199 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ralph Strodthoff (Mr.)
LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUER AGRARTECHNIK UND BIOOEKONOMIE E V
Germany
EU contribution
€ 343 168,52
Address
Max Eyth Allee 100
14469 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Uta Tietz (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 204 800
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gianpaolo Grassi (Dr.)
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 202 822,68
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mark Hughes (Prof.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 279 891,85
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Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tine Heylen (Ms.)
FEDERATION NATIONALE CHANVRE ASSOCIATION*FNPC
France
EU contribution
€ 199 985,06
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Rue Paul Ligneul 20
7200 Le Mans
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Béhérec (Mr.)
VANDINTER SEMO BV
Netherlands
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€ 162 469,04
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Stationsstraat 124
9679 EG Scheemda
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Marlijn Hellendoorn-Vos (Mrs.)
LATGALES LAUKSAIMNIECIBAS ZINATNESCENTRS SIA
Latvia
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€ 82 320
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Kulturas Laukums 1 A 1A
4650 Vilani
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Talis Laizans (Prof.)
GRUPPO FIBRANOVA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 228 349,94
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Via Pacini 107/1
56031 Bientina
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fabrizio Sassetti (Mr.)
C.M.F. TECHNOLOGY SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 56 310
Address
Via Bottegone 73
41026 Pavullo Nel Frignano Mo
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Ricci (Mr.)
VENTIMOLA GMBH & CO DAMMTECHNIK KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 170 320
Address
Fleetstrasse 63A
28219 Bremen
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Feischen (Mr.)
ZIMICELL RESITVE PRI NIZKOENERGIJSKI GRADNJI DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 5 756,29
Address
Pod Gabri 5
1218 Komenda
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tadej Zimic (Mr.)
ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO NACIONAL AGROALIMENTARIO EXTREMADURA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 92 400
Address
Ctra Villafranco A Balboa Km 1,2
06195 Villafranco Del Guadiana (Badajoz)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rosa De La Torre (Ms.)
NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 353 852
Address
Chemiepark Knapsack Industriestrasse
50354 Huerth
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephan Piotrowski (Dr.)
AGRITEC, vyzkum, slechteni a sluzby s.r.o.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 49 800
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Zemedelska 16
787 01 Sumperk
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Pavelek (Dr.)
HENNEPVERWERKINGSBEDRIJF DUN AGRO BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 16 800
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Raadhuisweg 11
9665 JE Oude Pekela
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Albert Dun (Mr.)
PLANETE CHANVRE SAS
France
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€ 16 800
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Route De Glairet Romeny 3
77640 Jouarre
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Philippe Heusele (Mr.)
KRANEMANN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 52 950
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Hof 2 Blucherhof
17194 Klocksin
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hellmuth-Hans Kranemann (Mr.)
INSTITUTE OF BAST FIBER CROPS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES - IBFC
China
EU contribution
€ 20 000
Address
West Xian Jiahu Road 348 Hunan
410205 Changsha
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Heping Xiong (Prof.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 348 217,65
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Erwin Jolink