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Production of functional innovative ingredients from paper and agro-food side-streams through sustainable and efficient tailor-made biotechnological processes for food, feed, pharma and cosmetic.

Agro-food and Paper mill side streams and by-products are sources of unexploited organic fractions exploitable into safe microbial biomasses, functional ingredients and intermediates, e.g. prebiotics, pre-fermented ingredients, bioplastics and chemicals. The INGREEN bio-based ingredients/materials will be used to produce innovative functional products for food, feed, packaging, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetic sectors. The INGREEN outcomes will be obtained by validated tailor-made biotechnologies based on safe microorganisms or eco-friendly approaches. Logistics and storage conditions will be optimized to favor the flow from feedstock to the bio-based prototype producers. INGREEN aims to demonstrate in industrial environments the efficiency and sustainability of the target biotechnologies to produce

  • lactobionic acid (LBA), galactooligosaccharides (GOS), microbial safe biomasses from whey;
  • polyhydrohyalkanoates (PHA) enriched biomasses and purified PHA, as prebiotics and bioplastics respectively, from paper mill wastewater;
  • functional pre-fermented ingredients from rye/wheat milling fractions.

Safe andcharacterized INGREEN ingredients will be used for innovative functional cheeses, bakery products and nutritious feeds. Functional GOS, LBA and pre-fermented bran will be used to produce prebiotic immune-stimulating gel, nutraceutical supplement and cleanser for human health. INGREEN biodegradable material will be valorised into bag in box to boost INGREEN fluid prototype sustainability. Prototype safety, shelf-life, quality and functional performances will be compared to benchmarks. Also, LCA/LCC, sound business cases and plans and compliance with REACH and any relevant EU safety legislation will be applied over the whole project to assess prototype benefits compared to benchmarks. INGREEN product specifications will contribute to define/standardize the regulatory requirements for outcome innovation deals, market uptake and societal acceptance. Include the contact of someone with a FHNW personal page.

FHNW develops the production of GOS using immobilized and protected lactase in membrane bioreactor systems. FHNW also evaluates the eco-efficiency of the developed technologies (LCA, CEA, etc.) and the toxicity of the final products.


Key Figures

    Duration: 2019 – 2023
    Funding agency: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

    Enzymatic process in MBR

    Prof.
    Prof. Dr. Philippe Corvini Head of Institute for Ecopreneurship
    Telephone : +41 61 228 54 85 (direct)

    Immobilized/protected lactase

    Prof.
    Prof. Dr. Patrick Shahgaldian team leader in molecular nanotechnology
    Telephone : +41 61 228 54 87 (direct)

    LCA

    Prof.
    Prof. Dr. Christoph Hugi Lecturer in sustainability and development
    Telephone : +41 61 228 55 84 (direct)

    Toxicity

    Prof.
    Prof. Dr. Laura Suter-Dick team leader cell biology and in vitro toxicology
    Telephone : +41 61 228 56 59 (direct)

    Institute for Ecopreneurship

    FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Life Sciences, Institute for Ecopreneurship Hofackerstrasse 30 CH - 4132 Muttenz
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