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AmylolEnzymes Captured by Targeted Metagenomics

Objective

The aim of the AMYLOMICS project is to develop novel, robust enzymes for the starch and carbohydrate industries. The novel enzymes should enable the formation of new primary products, such as oligosaccharides of defined sizes, composition and degree of branching, new types of linkages, cyclic or more complex polysaccharides and an increased digestive resistance, as well as secondary sugar derivatives such as substituted starches, rare sugars or novel isomers.

Fundamental to the success of the project will be the development of an efficient metagenomic platform technology for enzyme screening based on massive parallel 454 sequencing and microarray sequence capture. This platform will enable “genome walking” of complex metagenomic DNA and greatly facilitate the access to the largely unexplored wealth of genes in the environment.

The starch industry is the most developed sector of the polysaccharide industry and European companies play a leading role in the world market. The industry is in a constant need for a range of robust enzymes that can be used for the synthesis, fractionation and/or modification of carbohydrates. It actively searches for sustainable and more economical alternatives to existing techniques, both for the production of novel higher value products and for the improvement of older processes. The metagenomic mining platform developed in the project is expected to provide a large number of robust thermophilic starch and carbohydrate modifying enzymes and lead to new and improved biocatalytic process technologies.
Lead users of the project’s results will be companies like the project partners Roquette Frères, a world leader in starch processing, Roche Molecular Systems, a leading providers of new tools, technologies and services in the genomic industry, and SME companies like Prokazyme who through the improvement of sequence based metagenomic bioprospecting platform can expand their product range of speciality products.
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MATIS OHF

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Vinlandsleid 12
113 Reykjavik

Iceland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 638 546

Administrative Contact

Gudmundur Oli Hreggvidsson (Dr.)

Participants (8)

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SEMGEN DOO ZA RACUNALNO PROGRAMIRANJE I SAVJETOVANJE

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 208 351

ROCHE NIMBLEGEN INC

United States

EU Contribution

€ 61 360

PROKAZYME EHF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 110 902

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 415 643

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 371 160

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 370 564

ROQUETTE FRERES SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 149 214

INGENZA LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 122 418

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265992

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2011

  • End date

    28 February 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 550 541,20

  • EU contribution

    € 2 448 158

Coordinated by:

MATIS OHF

Iceland

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