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The development and evaluation of Multipurpose crops as new biorefining feedstocks for the production of industrial BioProducts and biomass

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 311804

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2016

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 345 376,21

  • EU contribution

    € 5 770 922

Coordinated by:

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

Objective

The overall strategic objective of MultiBioPro is to exploit natural resources from genetic varieties of two industry-utilized plant species, poplar and the tobacco tree Nicotiana glauca, for direct applicability to novel industrial end products. The consortium will explore already existing poplar and N. glauca genotypes in parallel with innovative state-of-the-art translational research from the model organism Arabidopsis to genetically engineer metabolic pathways to advance qualities of wood fibers, and long-chain fatty acids. The modulation of fiber and long-chain fatty acid quality in both poplar and N. glauca will be examined through a multidisciplinary analytical platform that will optimize for key industrial values. An extensive cross-talk between the analytical platforms, biorefining and field trials will provide the basis for industrial determination of N. glauca and poplar varieties as new multi-purpose feedstocks. Importantly, residual biomass, e.g. suberin in poplar bark, that normally is considered waste products will also be analysed for its potential to yield long-chain fatty acids with important characteristics for new bio-materials and for biorefinery purposes. Both poplar and N. glauca may readily be grown in areas that are sub-optimal for food crop-species, and field-trials within the MultiBioPro project will further evaluate the environmental sustainability of the obtained poplar and N. glauca genotypes. Attributes that are advancing biorefinery and bio-material properties will be further exploited for marketing, demonstrating the industry-driven nature of the MultiBioPro consortium. Dissemination and training events will constitute an integral part of the project, and will include training modules in using different analytical platforms, industry-lead product-developing courses, management training and communication through the development of corporate and scientific dissemination toolkits.
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Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Address

Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich

Germany

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 1 372 756,14

Administrative Contact

Alisdair Fernie (Mr.)

Participants (10)

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 766 320

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 655 944

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 545 600

VIB VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 734 230

EURICE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND PROJECT OFFICE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 447 850

ABBA GAIA S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 71 541,06

PILOT PFLANZENOLTECHNOLOGIE MAGDEBURG EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 320 800

GREEN FUELS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

NEUTRAL CONSULTING LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 366 810,80

CAPAX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 239 070

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 311804

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    30 September 2016

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 345 376,21

  • EU contribution

    € 5 770 922

Coordinated by:

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

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