MARIKAT

Title: New catalytic enzymes and enzymatic processes from the marine microbiome for refining marine seaweed biomass

Funding Source: ERANET

Budget IMBBC: 84,460€

Start / End Date: 2020 - 2023

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Project Progress: 33%

Principal Investigator:

Paraskevi Polymenakou

Project Members:

Research Directions:

Environmental genomics

Bioanalysis and biotechnology

Description:

The technological objective of MARIKAT is to unlock the potential of microbiomes in providing enzymatic tools for emerging biorefineries of Europe to establish seaweed polysaccharides as a feedstock for biconversions to value added derivatives. Enzymatic refining of macroalgal polysaccharides to added value products on industrial scale is near to non-existent today - robust enzymatic tools are lacking. MARIKAT entails retrieval, evaluation and industrial development of enzymes identified in novel extremophilic marine microbial genomes and metagenomes