Research Projects

IGV GREENFOOD is a Research Partner in two recently funded EU projects:

1. AlgaeCeuticals: Development of microalgae-based natural UV Sunscreens and Proteins as cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals

Microalgae biomass represents a rich source for discovery. The potential for algae-based ingredients in the industry relies on the manipulation and targeting of ingredients to fit increasingly niche product specifications. Algae are exposed to extreme environment and thus have developed unique mechanism for protection. Furthermore, algae produce for the same reason different metabolites which we need to identify and exploit in a sustainable way for the production of food, drugs and cosmetics.

The AlgaeCeuticals project will take advantage of the native algae strains producing high added value products and through the application of novel omics technologies (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, enzymomics and metabolomics) as well as algae culture technologies and production of novel products. AlgaeCeuticals will screen and characterize algae biodiversity, develop and optimize algae culture systems, develop omics resources for algae and also develop downstream processing strategies and also develop novel products. For this reason and in order to achieve its object 3 academic and research centers from Greece (CERTH/INAB, AUA) and Italy (FEM) will collaborate for four years with four industrial R&D partners from Greece (Fresh Formula), Spain (Bionos Biotech), Austria (Ecoduna AG) and Germany (IGV GREENFOOD). Through this collaboration the academic partners will work closely with the industrial R&D and form a complementary and highly competitive team that will promote transfer of knowledge and excellence to industrial partners. This will strengthen the industrial competitiveness in the field of food and cosmetics in the process of the design, development, testing of the products proposed by the project.

Project Number: 778263
Funding scheme: H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017 (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange)

2. NanoFeed: Nanostructured carriers for improved cattle feed

The project focuses on a highly actual problem of productivity and quality of livestock production. Livestock production is essential for a sustainable and self-sufficient manufacturing of wide range of products in food industry. One of the key strategies how to enhance competitiveness in the area of food industry is to increase the efficiency of stock raising. Nutritional deficiencies are key factors reducing the efficiency of stock raising, due to high prevalence of serious diseases. Maintaining optimal health of cattle is a key factor for increasing the efficiency of livestock.

NanoFEED responds to this factors by nano/microencapsulation approach to advanced core/shell particles with pH sensitive properties. The proposed technology enables encapsulation of diverse active molecules and simplify the protection against degradation in rumen for wide range of active molecules. Nevertheless, due to encapsulation and improved delivery to small intestine, novel active molecules may be used to treat nutritional deficiencies. The process of encapsulation is based on green and biobased methods with minimal carbon footprint helping in development of sustainable bioeconomy.

The Consortium will be led by FVM (Pharmaceutical and Veterinary University from Brno) and complemented by the active involvement from the industry and academia, represented by INCU (Czech Republic), IGV GREENFOOD (Germany), NSNV and BBEU (Belgium), VUP (Slovakia) and SELCUK (Turkey). The results of NanoFEED will improve the cattle life expectation, quality of food and will promote more competitive livestock production.

Project Number: 778098
Funding scheme: H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017 (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange)