Nov 2010 - Nov 2013
Genetic modification of marine or freshwater algae to better suit industrial applications
GIAVAP adapted genetic engineering techniques to various algal strains of economic interest focusing on carotenoids and PUFA production and the over expression of peptides of commercial value. In parallel, cultivation technologies, harvesting and extraction methods for lipids, carotenoids and proteins using existing model algae strains were adapted to suitably improved strains. Furthermore, products were tested for several applications for economic evaluation of the production processes and their economic exploitation.
A4F scaled-up GMO microalgae up to 1m3 level in a compliant unit.
Microalgae species: Phaeodactylum tricornutum, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Chromochloris zofingiensis.