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


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