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Capturing the potential of Gene editing for a sustainable BioEconomy

Objective

New genomic techniques (NGTs) can contribute to an energy-efficient, low-input and zero-pollution agricultural production and industrial processing. Despite rapid recent progress, this toolbox is still in its infancy and substantial investments are needed to optimise the methods. Also, the innovation potential is fully exploited only if economic, social, and regulatory drivers coalesce and are accompanied by transparent communication and inclusive stakeholder engagement. A problem facing NGT innovation in Europe is that regulatory uncertainty restricts investment at all levels – research, innovation and scaling up – and the impacts of NGTs, both positive and negative, are not fully assessed. It also remains to be seen if public and stakeholder acceptance of NGT products will enable their application. The consequence is that NGTs do not yet reach their full potential. The research in GeneBEcon has two facets. First, the technical potential is explored by applying gene editing to develop 1) a virus-resistant potato with an industrial tuber starch quality, and 2) microalgae-based production of industrially relevant mycosporin-like amino acids. Second, the risk-regulatory aspects, economic incentives, and social perceptions are investigated. In the latter, comparative analyses are enabled by our approach with two different production systems: open-field agricultural crop and contained-system microalgae. The results will enable technical innovations as well as allow stakeholders (incl researchers, breeders, primary producers, value chain actors, risk assessors and decision makers) to take informed decisions on the safe and responsible use of NGT-derived products. GeneBEcon has a multi-sectoral consortium and the project links to relevant stakeholders through a Stakeholder Advisory Board. This will, through communication and inclusive engagement, enable an improved understanding and awareness of the risks and benefits of NGT-derived products through societal dialogue.

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SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
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€ 691 034,50
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Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Sweden

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Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 691 034,50

Participants (16)

XPRO CONSULTING LIMITED
Cyprus
Net EU contribution
€ 198 225,00
Address
Nelson Street 7
2021 Lefkosia

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Κύπρος Κύπρος Κύπρος
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 198 225,00
SOLEDITS AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 368 050,00
Address
Varendsvagen 5
222 70 Lund

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Södra Sverige Sydsverige Skåne län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 368 050,00
LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
Net EU contribution
€ 148 085,00
Address
Rainis Boulevard 19
1586 Riga

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Latvija Latvija Rīga
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 148 085,00
FEDERATION NATIONALE DES PRODUCTEURS DE PLANTS DE POMME DE TERRE
France
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€ 151 533,75
Address
43-45 Rue De Naples
75008 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Other
Other funding
€ 151 533,75
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
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€ 466 483,75
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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€ 466 483,75
EUROSEEDS
Belgium
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€ 243 312,50
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Avenue Des Arts 52
1000 Bruxelles

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Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
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Other
Other funding
€ 243 312,50
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
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€ 401 406,25
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup

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Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
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Research Organisations
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€ 401 406,25
SLOVENSKA POLNOHOSPODARSKA UNIVERZITA V NITRE
Slovakia
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€ 302 636,25
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Trieda Andreja Hlinku 2
949 76 Nitra

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Slovensko Západné Slovensko Nitriansky kraj
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 302 636,25
EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK
Belgium
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€ 794 125,00
Address
Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 92 Bus 1
9820 Merelbeke

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
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Research Organisations
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€ 794 125,00
PLATE-FORME TECHNOLOGIQUE EUROPEENNE PLANTES POUR LE FUTUR
Belgium
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€ 187 687,50
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Avenue Des Arts 52
1000 Bruxelles

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Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
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Other
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€ 187 687,50
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
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€ 333 410,00
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Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 333 410,00
BUNDESAMT FUR VERBRAUCHERSCHUTZ UND LEBENSMITTELSICHERHEIT
Germany
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€ 266 106,25
Address
Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig

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Niedersachsen Braunschweig Braunschweig, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Research Organisations
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€ 266 106,25
UNIVERSITAT BAYREUTH
Germany
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€ 132 468,75
Address
Universitatsstrasse 30
95447 Bayreuth

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Bayern Oberfranken Bayreuth, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 132 468,75
SOCIEDADE PORTUGUESA DE INOVACAO CONSULTADORIA EMPRESARIAL E FOMENTO DA INOVACAO SA
Portugal
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€ 332 212,50
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Av Marechal Gomes Da Costa 1376 Porto Concelho Foz Do Douro
4150 356 Porto

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 332 212,50
HZPC RESEARCH BV
Netherlands
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€ 8 000,00
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Roptawei 4
9123 JB Metslawer

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Noord-Nederland Friesland (NL) Noord-Friesland
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 8 000,00
INVE BELGIE
Belgium
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€ 8 000,00
Address
Oeverstraat 7
9200 Dendermonde

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Dendermonde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 8 000,00

Partners (1)

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Espace Mittelland Bern / Berne
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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00