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EnhanceMicroalgae: An European Interregional Project Stimulating Research, Innovation, Industrial Development and Transnational Cooperation within the Atlantic Area Microalgae Sector

Judith Rumin, Joana Martins, Jose Cruz, Vitor Vasconcelos, Claudio Fuentes Grunewald Orcid Logo, Kevin Flynn, Alejandra Sabin, Maria Paredes, Enma Condes, Jose Villarino, Martina Ferreira, Federica Farabegoli, Paula Fajardo, Maria Jose Chapela, Laurent Picot

Journal of Oceanography and Marine Research, Volume: 6, Issue: 3, Pages: 1 - 3

Swansea University Author: Claudio Fuentes Grunewald Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.4172/2572-3103.1000186

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Although microalgae comprise an estimated number of 30,000 to 1,000,000 species, few are grown commercially.This natural resource offers great industrial potential, exploiting its chemical composition or biotechnological potentialthrough growth manipulations. At the same time, this complexity can ov...

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Published in: Journal of Oceanography and Marine Research
Published: 2018
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa49728
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Abstract: Although microalgae comprise an estimated number of 30,000 to 1,000,000 species, few are grown commercially.This natural resource offers great industrial potential, exploiting its chemical composition or biotechnological potentialthrough growth manipulations. At the same time, this complexity can overwhelm enterprises entering this sector due tothe great number of variables affecting economic and environmental viability. The strategic objective of the INTERREGAtlantic Area EnhanceMicroalgae project EAPA_338/2016 (2017-2020) is to create a network of European scientific andindustrial partners to stimulate innovation and competitiveness of the European Atlantic Area in high technology sectorsrelated to microalgae (in particular pharma, food and nutraceuticals). The work program includes an in-depth reviewof the existing Atlantic Area microalgae sector (strengths and weaknesses, level of expertise, industrial developmentopportunities, regulatory and legal frameworks), innovative research activities and innovation transfer from laboratories/research platforms to the industrial sector to promote the emergence of new products, services and processes. TheEnhanceMicroalgae consortium offers a wide range of skills and interests, with strong track records for research,production and exploitation of microalgae throughout the Atlantic Area.
Keywords: Biotechnology; High-added value industrial opportunities; Innovation and competitiveness; Innovation transfer; INTERREG; Market; Microalgae; Phytoplankton; SMEs; Transnational cooperation
College: College of Science
Issue: 3
Start Page: 1
End Page: 3