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Development of Microalgae-based novel high added-value products for the Cosmetic and Aquaculture industry

Objective

Microalgae were always an exciting target for Aquaculture and Biotechnology, as they represent a largely untapped reservoir of novel and valuable bioactive compounds. ALGAE4A-B (ALGAE For Aquaculture and Beauty) project seeks to exploit the microalgae diversity, as a source for state-of-the art high-added-value biomolecules in aquaculture and cosmetics. The diversification of microalgae biomass production towards two independent applications will allow the microalgae industry to gain access to alternative markets in an uncertain, highly competitive and fast changing commercial environment. The project will combine both basic and applied multidisciplinary research in the fields of –omics technologies, biochemistry and applied biotechnology in order to: a) Develop and optimize of low input and application-based microalgae culture systems, b) Develop of “-omic” resources for both microalgae and fishes, c) Develop of downstream processing of high value added products from microalgae, with an emphasis in polysaccharides, proteins, enzymes, antioxidants, d) Develop, formulate and in vitro evaluate a new range of cosmetic and nutraceutical products for aquaculture. The implementation of the project will offer the industrial partners the opportunity to translate scientific research into well defined knowledge-based end products and analytical tools. Apart from scientific objectives the ALGAE4A-B will provide a platform for an efficient dissemination, transfer of knowledge and training between academic, commercial partners and society. Overall, ALGAE4A-B aspires to foster both the European capacity building and the strategic objectives of EU Blue Growth and Marine Biotechnology to harness the untapped potential of Europe's seas and coasts for training and sustainable growth.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 27 000

Participants (6)

GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FITOPLANCTON MARINO, S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 234 000
Address
Darsena Comercial S/n (Muelle Pesquero)
11500 El Puerto De Santa Maria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
APIVITA KALLYNTIKA DIAITITIKA FARMAKA ANONYMI EMPORIKI KAI VIOTECHNIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 216 000
Address
Industrial Park Of Markopoulo
19003 Markopoulo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO ANDALUZ DE INVESTIGACIONY FORMACION AGRARIA PESQUERA ALIMENTARIA Y DE LA PRODUCCION ECOLOGICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 81 000
Address
Avenida Grecia S/n Edf Atvo Los Bermejales
41012 Sevilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRO DE CIENCIAS DO MAR DO ALGARVE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 108 000
Address
Universidade Do Algarve
8005 032 Faro
Activity type
Research Organisations
LIFESEQUENCING SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 81 000
Address
C Catedratico Dr D Agustin Escardino Benlloch 9 Parque Cientifico De La Universidad De Valencia
46980 Paterna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)