The research about proteins from microalgae, awarded in Athens

28 june 2017

Researchers of CARTIF receive in Athens a prize because of the most original research, which works on the use of microalgae for the treatment of waste streams as an alternative source of protein production. This research had been chosen during ATHENS 2017: Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Management of Solid Waste, between more than 200 oral communications and 140 posters.

The flexibility of microalgae to change their mode of nutrition depending on the availability of substrates and light is one of its many advantages. In the award-winning paper, a specific niche of microalgae growth has been analysed: the heterotrophic crop, specifically supported by residual currents from the agro-food industry as a source of food.

The main driving force to grow microalgae is the harvesting of commercial products of interest, such as feeding farm animals and fish, food supplements for people, fertilizers, biofuels and phytoremediation of toxic waste.

This project is part of the regional project ‘Circular Economy in the agrofood sector’, financed by the Agency for Innovation, Financing and Business Internationalization of Castilla y León and will conclude in December 2017. It will be followed by the recent approval of the European project LIFE ALGAECAN, which will begin in September of this year. This project will be coordinated by CARTIF and will be attended by companies from the region, such as HUERCASA, and an international consortium with representatives from Greece, Germany and Slovenia.

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