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Marikat

Partners: Lund University, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), University of Crete, LLa-BioEconomy, Enza Biotech AB, ORF, Utrecht University, Aventure

Research Fund: Tækniþróunarsjóður

Started: 2020

Contact

Björn Þór Aðalsteinsson

Project Manager

bjornth@matis.is

The aim of the project is to develop enzymes for the processing of biomaterials from marine biomass. Seaweed and kelp contain high quantities of polysaccharides with a variety of bioactivity.

They are different from the sugars found in land plants and there is still a lack of enzyme tools to facilitate their processing from seaweed and conversion into valuable substances. The project will develop various enzymes to process bioactive saccharides, rare sugars, polyphenols and surfactants from seaweed. The market for such substances can be found in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.