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BIOSEA. Innovative cost-effective technology for maximizing aquatic biomass -based molecules for food, feed and cosmetic applications

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BIOSEA. Innovative cost-effective technology for maximizing aquatic biomass -based molecules for food, feed and cosmetic applications

Fecha: 2017

The H2020-BBI-JTI (Innovative cost-effective technology for maximizing aquatic biomass -based molecules for food, feed and cosmetic applications) has 36 months duration (1st of June 2017- 31st of May 2020), is coordinated by AITEX (Textile Research Institute) and 12 more different entities from 5 countries participate.


EU society needs new sustainable biobased feedstock in order to meet the growing population needs and to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels
The high dependency on resources from third countries, and the impacts of global climate change in addition to the limitation of agricultural current practices, it is of main importance to take a decision on land use for food, feed, chemicals and energy. The increasing competition for land and its limitations, are deriving to consider new resource alternatives, as the potential of the aquatic environment, as algae, that can be a competitive substitutive for the production of active compounds for food, feed, and other industrial applications, as cosmetic, pharma of biofuels.
Aquatic feedstock can be a solution to these necessities, however, European algae feedstock market is still facing immature production technologies, and which are not specifically designed for algae biorefinery.


The overall objective of BIOSEA is the development and validation of innovative, competitive and cost-effective upstream and downstream processes for the cultivation of 2 microalgae (Spirulina platensis and Isochrysis galbana), and 2 macroalgae (Ulva intestinalis and Saccharina latissima) to produce and extract at least 6 high value active principles at low cost (up to 55% less than with current processes) to be used in food, feed and cosmetic/personal care as high-added value products.


The main results arising from BIOSEA will be:

• Selection of specific aquatic biomass suitable for application in food, feed and personal care markets, using both micro and macroalgae from aquatic environment.
• Definition of new growing conditions of micro- and macroalgae for substantially increased yields.
• Isolation of :
o proteic fraction with added value due to its rheological, nutritional, functional properties in food industry and in feed industry
o antioxidants fraction with added value for its natural source in feed and cosmetic industry.
• Definition of new eco-efficient/eco-sustainable separation, purification and extraction methodologies for obtaining the maximum yields of the proteic (upt to 39.3%) and funtional antioxidative fractions (carotenoids) (up to 34.43%) minimizing the use of organic solvents upt to 55%.
• Optimised cascading conversion including all required steps (cultivation, drying, cell disruption, extraction, puritfication, drying) of the aquatic biomass and desired compounds achieving a reduction of the process cost up to 55%.
• Obtention of at least 6 compounds with specific properties for the different final applications, which can represent raw materials for further formulations for the 3 involved industries.
• Functional evaluation of the compounds extracted from aquatic biomass using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) as a model organism.
• Validation of final products developed for final applications in food, feed and cosmetic sectors, with improved properties and high added value, reflected in cost-efficiency, improved sensory characteristics and techno-functional properties, which will be measured and ranked.


Amount: 490.312,50€

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 745622

Web: www.biosea-project.eu






Centro Nacional de Tecnología y Seguridad Alimentaria (CNTA), Spain
Fundación Centro Tecnologico Acuicultura de Andalucia (CTAQUA), Spain
Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek n.v. (VITO), Belgium
Tabu Cozumleri Danismanlik Limited Sirketi (TABU), Turkey
IGV Institut fur Getreideverarbeitung GMBH (IGV GmbH), Germany
Biopolis SL (BIOPOLIS), Spain
Van Loon Chemical Innovations BV (VLCI), Netherlands
Feyecon Development & Implementation BV (FEYECON), Netherlands
Complementos de Piensos Compuestos SA (CPCFEED), Spain
Dibaq Diproteg SA (DIBAQ), Spain
Soria Natural S.A. (SORIA), Spain
Henkel KGaA (HENKEL), Germany


Información adicional

  • Año: 2017

  • Estado: En ejecución

  • Entidad: Unión Europea
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