OCARALGAE: Industrial production of Omega3 and carotenoids by microalgae cultivation

Starting date
April 1, 2017
Duration (months)
24
Departments
Biotechnology
Managers or local contacts
Ballottari Matteo

Omega-3 and carotenoids are high value products with several applications and use at industrial level. These compounds indeed can be used as food additives to improve health or as nutraceutical. In addition, carotenoids can be also used for aquaculture or as natural pigments. Omega-3 and carotenoids are produced by microalgae cultures. Microalgae are photosynthetic organisms that are able to convert CO2 and sunlight into organic biomass. These organisms have peculiar metabolisms allowing them to produce high levels of compounds as lipids (with omega-3 as fatty acids in some conditions) or carotenoids as astaxanthin, the natural compound with the highest antioxidant activity. Microalgae cultivation however still needs to be improved at industrial scale in order to reduce costs and improve productivity.  The present project aims to improve the production of omega-3 and carotenoids in cultures of the marine algae by combining biotechnological manipulation  and efficient cultivation system developed by the Partner company ALGAE-TECH IP BV. 
 

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Funds: assigned and managed by the department

Project participants

Matteo Ballottari
Associate Professor

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