Spanish-Portuguese experts to collaborate in microalgae production project

[Spanish, Portugal] A new microalgae production and exploitation project carried out by Spanish and Portuguese experts will be implemented by a consortium comprised of 9 institutions, including universities, research centres, public and private enterprises in the regions of Algarve and Alentejo in Portugal, and Andalusia in Spain.

The initiative, called ALGARED+, is framed within the Cross-Border cooperation Programme Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) and seeks to strengthen the cross-border R+D+i system in an emerging sector with great potential for microalgal biotechnology.

Simultaneously, the project aims to increase the critical mass of the research centres, improve the quality of the publications, promote the mobility of researchers and optimise the specific resources and infrastructure of each of the participating entities.

The University of Huelva (UHU) coordinates this project in collaboration with CTAQUA, IFAPA Centro El Toruño, the University of Córdoba and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) from the Spanish side.

Portugal is represented by the University of the Algarve (UAlg), Necton, the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) and Sea4US.

As two companies take part in this project, a good transfer of the results to the private sector is expected in order to increase their innovative potential, strengthen the microalgae biotechnology business sector and also promote the creation of positions for qualified personnel.

Planned project activities include the bioprospection and setting up of a trans-national collection of new strains of fast-growing microalgae; and the valorisation of microalgal biomass for the development of innovative bio-products in the fields of biomedicine and cosmetics.

Likewise, it will also be sought the increase of knowledge of key metabolical routes, implicated in nutrient assimilation, bio-energy production and synthesis of significant compounds by microalgae.

The project will last two and a half years and will end in December 2019.

 

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