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The Genus Haslea, New marine resources for blue biotechnology and Aquaculture

The Genus Haslea, New marine resources for blue biotechnology and Aquaculture

Objective

The GHaNA project aims to explore and characterize a new marine bioresource, for blue biotechnology applications in aquaculture, cosmetics and possibly food and health industry. The project will determine the biological and chemical diversity of Haslea diatoms to develop mass-scale production for viable industrial applications by maximising biomass production and associated high-value compound production, including terpenoids, marennine-like pigments, lipids and silica skeletons. The genus Haslea species type H. ostrearia, produces marennine, a water-soluble blue pigment used for greening oysters in Western France, which is also a bioactive molecule. Haslea diatoms have thus a high potential for use in (1) existing oyster farming, (2) production of pigments and bioactive compounds with natural antibacterial properties, (3) application as a colouring agent within industry, and (4) use of silica skeletons as inorganic “biocharges” in the formulation of new elastomeric materials. This will be achieved through fundamental and applied-oriented research to isolate fast- growing strains of Haslea, optimising their growth environment to increase marennine and other high-value compound productivity; to develop blue biotechnology specifically applied to benthic microalgae (biorefinery approach, processes); and to develop industrial exploitation of colouring and bioactive compounds through commercial activities of aquaculture, food, cosmetics and health.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DU MANS

Address

Avenue Olivier Messiaen
72085 Le Mans

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 387 000

Participants (10)

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UNIVERSITE DE NANTES

France

EU Contribution

€ 333 000

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 36 000

PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 121 500

UNIWERSYTET SZCZECINSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 418 500

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 103 500

FUNDACION CANARIA PARQUE CIENTIFICO TECNOLOGICO DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 36 000

ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 72 000

MICROPHYT

France

EU Contribution

€ 18 000

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE CANARIASSA

Spain

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 76 500

Partners (12)

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UNIVERSITE D ORAN

UNIVERSITAS BRAWIDJAJA

UNIVERSITAS PAJAJARAN

TRUONG DAI HOC SAI GON

UNIVERSITAS TANJUNGPURA

UNIVERSITE LAVAL

UNIVERSITE DU QUEBEC A RIMOUSKI

MOUNT ALLISON UNIVERSITY

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

THE RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA

University of Arkansas

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 734708

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2017

  • End date

    28 February 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 602 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 602 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE DU MANS

France