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Algae Vertical: Where the origin unlocks the Power to sustainability

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Main Expected Outcomes

Products

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New improved algae strains/ species and associated microbiome.

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New algae biomass (micro and macroalgae) produced in a more sustainable way, with optimized nutritional values for the different applications outlined in the project.

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New refined functional ingredients of high and medium value.

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Nutraceutical and cosmeceutical products based on algae.

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Nutritional food products for human consumption.

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Algae-based agricultural products.

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Functional foods derived from algae (for Senegalese sole, sea bass and sea bream).

Manufacture Process

New process improvements (e.g. reuse of production inputs; application of low-cost membranes in harvesting)

New units/routes for algae biomass refinery to fractionate metabolites and develop new ingredients

New purification process for nutraceutical and cosmeceutical purposes

New algae-based environmental services (e.g. bioremediation)

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The algae innovation that drives our motivation

Algae Vertical Subprojects

SP1a - Innovation in cultivation and production sustainability – Microalgae

Subproject 1a concentrates on enhancing microalgae production sustainability via innovative cultivation techniques. It aims to boost productivity and reduce costs by sourcing resources (water, nutrients, CO2, energy) from other industries, promoting circularity. These advancements will be tested in three Demonstration Units, evaluated environmentally and socially through life cycle analysis, and ensure product safety and quality for subprojects partners.

SP1b - Innovation in cultivation and production sustainability – Macroalgae

Subproject 1b demonstrates the integration of seaweed with fish farming in land-based and at-sea IMTA systems. Biomass from AlGAplus and SEACULTURE farms will undergo chemical analysis and support other subprojects. The bioremediation efficiency of these systems will be assessed through water and biomass analysis, aligning with partners’ goals for optimized results.

SP1c - Innovation in cultivation and production sustainability – Microbiome

Subproject 1c focuses on innovative algae cultivation, including bioprospecting for faster-growing strains. Genetic improvements and high-throughput screenings will be used to select resilient strains. The microbiome associated with algae cultures will be studied to improve growth strategies, increasing biomass value and validating improvements at pilot and industrial scales.

SP2 - New Biorefinery Models

Subproject 2 maximizes algae biomass commercial value with innovative biorefinery processes. Two demonstrator units validate lab and pilot-scale processes, emphasizing sustainable harvesting, drying, transformation, fractionation, and valorization. Ingredients undergo chemical and functional characterization, creating new products for various applications thus establishing new value chains.

SP3 - High Value: Nutraceuticals and Cosmeceuticals

Subproject 3 advances sustainable development in the algae industry, focusing on high-value algae-derived products for nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals. It identifies and develops new compounds, integrating this technology into existing industries and validating marine products’ properties and applications for high-value markets.

SP4a Food: Sea2Fork – Ready to eat meals with algae

Subproject SP4a transforms research into real-world prototypes, creating convenient ready-to-eat foods blending vegetables and algae. These options offer unique sensory experiences and promote sustainability by reducing strain on terrestrial resources.

SP4b - Algae for meat, fish and egg analogues

Subproject 4b focuses on innovative algae-based foods that enhance nutritional value and well-being. It introduces three food prototypes validated at a pilot scale, promoting the shift from animal-based to plant-based diets, expanding plant-based food options for consumers.

SP5 – Feed

Subproject 5 develops fish feeds enriched with bioactive extracts or processed algae biomass to enhance fish performance and resilience to stress and infections. Led by SPAROS, this collaboration includes specialized industry partners and research institutes, with support for dissemination and project management.

SP6 – Agriculture

Subproject 6 enhances sustainability in agriculture by developing biofertilizers, biostimulants, and bioprotectants from algae biomass. These products reduce reliance on synthetic chemicals, aligning with Green Deal targets. The project involves 11 co-promoting entities, creating superior algae-based products and securing valuable patents.

SP7 - Regulation, Market, and Extended Dissemination

Subproject 7 addresses algae industry challenges, focusing on regulatory and market access issues. It aims to streamline approvals, raise market awareness, and improve the regulatory landscape to unlock algae-based innovations’ potential across industries.

SP1a - Innovation in cultivation and production sustainability – Microalgae

Subproject 1a concentrates on enhancing microalgae production sustainability via innovative cultivation techniques. It aims to boost productivity and reduce costs by sourcing resources (water, nutrients, CO2, energy) from other industries, promoting circularity. These advancements will be tested in three Demonstration Units, evaluated environmentally and socially through life cycle analysis, and ensure product safety and quality for subprojects partners.

SP1b - Innovation in cultivation and production sustainability – Macroalgae

Subproject 1b demonstrates the integration of seaweed with fish farming in land-based and at-sea IMTA systems. Biomass from AlGAplus and SEACULTURE farms will undergo chemical analysis and support other subprojects. The bioremediation efficiency of these systems will be assessed through water and biomass analysis, aligning with partners’ goals for optimized results.

SP1c - Innovation in cultivation and production sustainability – Microbiome

Subproject 1c focuses on innovative algae cultivation, including bioprospecting for faster-growing strains. Genetic improvements and high-throughput screenings will be used to select resilient strains. The microbiome associated with algae cultures will be studied to improve growth strategies, increasing biomass value and validating improvements at pilot and industrial scales.

SP2 - New Biorefinery Models

Subproject 2 maximizes algae biomass commercial value with innovative biorefinery processes. Two demonstrator units validate lab and pilot-scale processes, emphasizing sustainable harvesting, drying, transformation, fractionation, and valorization. Ingredients undergo chemical and functional characterization, creating new products for various applications thus establishing new value chains.

SP3 - High Value: Nutraceuticals and Cosmeceuticals

Subproject 3 advances sustainable development in the algae industry, focusing on high-value algae-derived products for nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals. It identifies and develops new compounds, integrating this technology into existing industries and validating marine products’ properties and applications for high-value markets.

SP4a Food: Sea2Fork – Ready to eat meals with algae

Subproject SP4a transforms research into real-world prototypes, creating convenient ready-to-eat foods blending vegetables and algae. These options offer unique sensory experiences and promote sustainability by reducing strain on terrestrial resources.

SP4b Food - Algae for meat, fish and egg analogs

Subproject 4b focuses on innovative algae-based foods that enhance nutritional value and well-being. It introduces three food prototypes validated at a pilot scale, promoting the shift from animal-based to plant-based diets, expanding plant-based food options for consumers.

SP5 – Feed

Subproject 5 develops fish feeds enriched with bioactive extracts or processed algae biomass to enhance fish performance and resilience to stress and infections. Led by SPAROS, this collaboration includes specialized industry partners and research institutes, with support for dissemination and project management.

SP6 – Agriculture

Subproject 6 enhances sustainability in agriculture by developing biofertilizers, biostimulants, and bioprotectants from algae biomass. These products reduce reliance on synthetic chemicals, aligning with Green Deal targets. The project involves 11 co-promoting entities, creating superior algae-based products and securing valuable patents.

SP7 - Regulation, Market, and Extended Dissemination

Subproject 7 addresses algae industry challenges, focusing on regulatory and market access issues. It aims to streamline approvals, raise market awareness, and improve the regulatory landscape to unlock algae-based innovations’ potential across industries.

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The Science & Achievements behind algae

News and Published articles

Valorization of residual biomass from the hydrocolloid industry: The role of hydrothermal treatments in the recovery of high-value compounds.

Macroalgal microbiomes unveil a valuable genetic resource for halogen metabolism.

Three-Dimensional Printing of Red Algae Biopolymers: Effect of Locust Bean Gum on Rheology and Processability.

Draft genome sequence of Agarivorans aestuarii strain ZMCS4, a putative CAZyme-producing bacteria isolated from the marine brown algae Cladostephus spongiosus. 

Looking into the lipid profile of avocado and byproducts: Using lipidomics to explore value-added compounds.

Unlocking functional lipid ingredients from algae by food-grade biosolvents and ultrasound-assisted extraction for nutritional applications.

Lactic acid fermented microalgae and cyanobacteria as a new source of lipid reducing compounds: assessment through zebrafish Nile red fat metabolism assay and untargeted metabolomics.

Algae-Boosted Chickpea Hummus: Improving Nutrition and Texture with Seaweeds and Microalgae.

Tracing the impact of domestic storage conditions on antioxidant activity and lipid profiles in the edible microalgae Chlorella vulgaris and Tetraselmis chui.

Oxyfluorfen: a novel metabolic inhibitor to select microalgal chlorophyll-deficient mutant strains for nutritional applications.

Life cycle assessment of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture: A review on methodology and challenges for its sustainability evaluation.

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