Environmental, economic and social impact
Replacement of fossil-based surfactants and siderophores production with cost-effective and ‘eco-friendly’ microbial production of marine-based compounds
- Expected CO2 emissions reduction by 94% compared with existing practices.
- Fully exploitation of already sampled species to avoid environmental damages from sampling campaigns.
- Increasing carbon efficiency by:
– maximizing product titres, yields and productivities using modified micro-organisms
– optimizing separation technologies for effective products recovery
– using side and waste streams as inputs for fermentation
- Technological outcomes are expected to contribute to creation of new jobs by 1-2% in the entire industrial biotechnology value chain.
- Reduces pressure on harvesting wild populations and increases knowledge about biodiversity potential by screening candidate microbial collections and biosynthetic gene clusters to identify and build hosts with desired metabolic pathways
- Exploration of broad range of bacterial physiologies towards protection of oceans and aquatic environments
Contribution to EU and UN Goals
- Exploration of broad range of bacterial physiologies according to COP21 Paris Agreement and the 2050 UE long-term strategy towards
protection of oceans and aquatic environments.
- Replacement of existing fossil-based compounds and opening of new markets, being in line with the Industrial Policy objectives and the Circular Economy Action Plan.
- Public-private cooperation in European biotechnology by connecting ‘green’ (plant), ‘blue’ (marine) and ‘white’ (industrial) biotechnology sectors.
- Contributions to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
SDG 2 – Zero Hunger: new biosurfactant formulations capable of encapsulating compounds to avoid phytopathogens proliferations.
SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation: novel siderophores capable to be used as plant-promoting factors and for plant pathogens control.
SDG 8 – Inclusive and sustainable economic growth;
SDG 9 – Sustainable Industrialisation: sustainable industrial biotechnology leading to highly specialized quality jobs.
SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 13 – Climate Action: Bio-based surfactants from raw feedstocks, diminishing petrochemical dependency and contributing to circular economy.
SDG 14 – Life Below Water;
SDG 15 – Life on Land: Biosurfactants facilitating microbial crude oil degradation, while siderophores employed for bioremediation of soils by chelating heavy metals.
- Amphiphilic compounds with properties reaching a wider range of applications compared with non-amphiphilic counterparts.
- Supramolecular surfactants architectures as encapsulating agents in 5 different applications including: cosmetics, house-hold care, food
industry/nutrition, agrochemical industry and genetic material delivery.
- Cost-effective and ‘eco-friendly’ biological production of novel tailor-made, bio-sourced and biodegradable amphiphilic molecules with clear-cut benefits for consumers and bioactive properties for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food, construction, agrochemical and marine sectors.
- Biosurfactants Applications
Cosmetics: encapsulate pigments, fragrances, and essential oils.
Industry Demands: microencapsulated active agents as fire retardants, heat retarding agents, phase change materials and antimicrobial agents.
Food and beverages: taste/odour masking; bioavailability of lipophilic substances (omega 3 oils), plant/algae bioactive molecules (polyphenols and carotenoids)
Pharmaceutical: masking bitter taste of drugs; reduce gastro-intestinal tract irritations; maximize bioavailability of drugs in target sites.
- Amphiphilic siderophores Applications
Iron chelation: identification and design of new drugs; alternative iron chelation molecules solving short half-life and repeated daily injections of existing siderophores.
Cancer treatment: inhibition over tumorigenic proteins with roles in cell migration, proliferation, apoptosis and morphogenesis.
Antibiotic-resistant infections: fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria; act as “Trojan Horse”, facilitating uptake of antibiotic across the cell membrane.