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GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative macro-ALGal biorefinery

Objective

The GENIALG project aims to boost the Blue Biotechnology Economy (BBE) by increasing the production and sustainable exploitation of two high-yielding species of the EU seaweed biomass: the brown alga Saccharina latissima and the green algae Ulva spp. GENIALG will demonstrate the economic feasibility and environmental sustainability of cultivating and refining seaweed biomass in multiple use demanded products of marine renewable origin. The consortium integrates available knowledge in algal biotechnology and ready to use reliable eco-friendly tools and methods for selecting and producing high yielding strains in economically feasible quantities and qualities. By cracking the biomass and supplying a wide diversity of chemical compounds for existing as well as new applications and markets, GENIALG will anticipate the economic, social and environmental impacts of such developments in term of economic benefit and job opportunities liable to increase the socio-economic value of the blue biotechnology sector. In a larger frame, conservation and biosafety issues will be addressed as well as more social aspects such as acceptability and competition for space and water regarding other maritime activities. To achieve these objectives GENIALG will foster a trans-sectorial and complementary consortium of scientists and private companies. • GENIALG will involve a diversity of private companies already positioned in the seaweed sector individually for different applications (texturants, feed, agriculture, bioplastics, pharmaceuticals, personal care products…) in order to strengthen interactions for developing a bio-refinery concept and accelerate efficient and sustainable exploitation of seaweed biomass to bring new high-value products on the market.
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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 500 056

Participants (19)

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THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 000 943,75

SEAWEED ENERGY SOLUTIONS AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 592 418,75

ALGAPLUS PRODUCAO E COMERCIALIZACAO DE ALGAS E SEUS DERIVADOS LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 476 437,50

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 798 500

SINTEF OCEAN AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 698 750

SINTEF FISKERI OG HAVBRUK AS

Norway

INEGI - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA E INOVACAO EM ENGENHARIA MECANICA E ENGENHARIA INDUSTRIAL

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 448 125

AMADEITE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 762 125

ALGAIA

France

EU Contribution

€ 520 642,50

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 947 577,50

LESSONIA

France

EU Contribution

€ 99 312,50

IOTA Pharmaceuticals Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 382 550

BIOME TECHNOLOGIES PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 144 375

CIIMAR - Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 543 125

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 660 110

AquaTT UETP Ltd

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 367 062,50

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 599 400

THE BIORENEWABLES DEVELOPMENT CENTRE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 199 187,50

C-WEED AQUACULTURE SARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 145 118,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727892

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 12 224 237,50

  • EU contribution

    € 10 885 817,25

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France