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Improvement of technologies and tools, e.g. biosystems and biocatalysts, for waste conversion to develop an assortment of high added value eco-friendly and cost-effective bio-products

Objective

The overall aim of this program is to improve technologies and biological tools for conversion of wastes that are abundantly discharged in EU, by eco-friendly and eco-efficient production of high added values bioproducts such as ligno-cellulolytic enzymes, fuel ethanol (EtOH), polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs). One of the main objectives is enlarging the patrimony of microbes for waste valorisation by i) screening the assortment of thousand microbes belonging to the collections of Brazilian and Indian partners to select the microbes most efficient in producing enzymes, EtOH, LA, PHAs ii) discovering novel strains with high potential of production of these products exploring the biodiversity of micro flora from India and Brazil and iii) exchanging technologies and tools developed by different EU and ICPC partners for genetic engineering of different microbes. Optimization of processes for production of different products and assessment of their economic and environmental feasibility will be performed with the above microbes taking advantage from the complementary consolidated expertises of the partners. Partners will have open access to complex databases developed during program implementation on the microbial patrimony of the network and the main systems, tools and technologies developed. Besides training through research performed during secondments of researchers to implement the above scientific activities, transfer of knowledge will be also achieved by summer schools, workshops and intensive virtual networking activities, covering not only scientific but also parallel sectors. Staff exchanges and networking activities between European and Indian and Brazilian research organisations will strengthen research partnerships. Dissemination of program results and best practices to external target groups to improve social acceptance and public perception of the new processes and materials and their exploitation in the market will be carried out.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polyhydroxyalkanoates
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polylactic acid
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/enzymes
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/genetic engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 226 800
Administrative Contact
Vincenza Faraco (Dr.)

Participants (3)

UNIVERSIDAD DE JAEN
Spain
EU contribution
€ 39 900
Address
Campus Las Lagunillas Sn Edifico B1 Vicerrectorado De Investigacion Desar Tecn E Innovacion
23071 Jaen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juan Jimenez Millan (Prof.)
FUNDACION CENER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 29 400
Address
Avenida Ciudad De La Innovacion 7
31621 Sarriguren
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elena Arbizu Jimeno (Ms.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Participation ended

Switzerland
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Edgard Gnansounou (Prof.)