Scientific projects related to CCAP :




ABACUS aims at a business-oriented and technology-driven development of a new algal biorefinery, thereby bringing to the market innovative algae-based ingredients for high-end applications, spanning from algal terpenes for fragrances to long-chain terpenoids (carotenoids) for nutraceuticals and cosmetic actives. One key objective of ABACUS is to obtain more than 10% photosynthates of targeted terpenoids. For this purpose, ABACUS selects and optimizes unique algae strains from 4 large culture collections owned or hosted by the project's partners, including CCAP.



The European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC) is designed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and innovation from marine Bio-Resources. EMBRIC aims to promote new applications derived from marine organisms in fields such as drug discovery, novel foods and food ingredients, aquaculture selective breeding, bioremediation, cosmetics and bioenergy.



The vision for the GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme is to grow the research and innovation capability of developing countries engaged in seaweed farming. This programme is a multi-disciplinary, 4-year, challenge-led, strategic programme in collaboration, primarily with the Philippines, Indonesia and Tanzania. We will provide practical solutions and long term capacity building to many other seaweed producing developing countries through the GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR Fund, thus ensuring the sustainable economic growth of this global industry.



Built around the experience of the European Marine Biological Research Centre (EMBRC-ERIC), ASSEMBLE Plus integrates 33 marine biological research stations from various regions of the world's oceans and seas. ASSEMBLE Plus will provide scientists from academia, industry and policy with a quality-assured program of trans-national (TA) and virtual access (VA) to marine biological research facilities, historical observation data, and advanced training opportunities. Prospective users can apply for funding to access this extraordinary offer.



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This project aims to create a global ambitious network of partners tackling emerging issues in seaweed cultivation (e.g. pests, invasives, pathogens), using a combination of two-way knowledge transfer and community-oriented research activities.



CCAP is assisting in the development of a pharma discovery pipeline as a means to convert the potential of marine biotechnology into novel industrial products for the pharmaceutical (human and aquaculture), cosmetic, functional food and industrial chemistry sectors.



CCAP's expertise in algal cryopreservation is being exploited to develop best-practice for the sustainable biotechnological exploitation of algae



Sustainable bioenergy from microalgae: A systems perspective, where CCAP involvement includes developing the decision matrix for choice of production organism as well as research on the optimisation of productivity. A UK-India BBSRC-DBT India funded project.


Presphoto is a project with the aim of optimizing preservation techniques based in the Belgian Biological Resource Centres. CCAP will collaborate with the Belgian Collections to train staff and verify developing methods.





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