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Micro MBT

Discovery and training of microbial biocatalysts for biomass conversion using moving bed technology (MBT).

 Marine biotechnology  

Micro MBT is a project focused on the conversion of low value biomass to products with higher value.

Time:1. January 2016 – 31. December 2018
Financed by: ERA Net
Commissioner:The European Union
In cooperation with:University of Tromsø, University of Uppsala, Sweden, Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica, Portugal
Contact person
Portrettbilde av Ragnhild Dragøy
Ragnhild Dragøy

Research Director
Phone: +47 977 49 562

The research focus is production of high value products from a composed bacterial population immobilized on a specific platform by conversion of low value marine biomass.

At Nofima we focus our work on the development of processing methods for low value biomass from fisheries and aquaculture. We study the effect of the type of biomass and the process used on the growth of bacteria and their specific production of various components like small molecules, proteins, enzymes and biopolymers.

The project is coordinated by University of Tromsø and collaborators are University of Uppsala and Insitituto de Tecnologica Quimica e Biologica (ITQB), i Lisboa, Portugal ITQB, university Nova of Lisboa.

In the project we have identified specifically processed low value biomass that can increase growth and expression in defined bacterial populations. In a circular perspective, we also look at expression of enzymes that can again be used to process the low value biomass.

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