Algavalue – Adding value to by-products obtained during the biotechnological production of squalene and DHA by the microalgae Aurantiochytrium sp.

Abstract/Aim
The Algavalue project intends to optimize the biotechnological process of squalene production, of high interest given its antioxidative and anticarcinogenic properties, from heterotrophic microalgae that, in certain growth conditions, besides producing significant amounts of squalene, may potentially produce other compounds of high value and commercial interest such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), carotenoids, and others. In addition, the project intends to develop strategies of by-products valuation by a biorefinery approach to this resource, promoting environmentally sustainable practices and adding commercial value to this activity.

Keywords
Algae; Production process; Biotechnology

Partners
Depsiextracta (Coord.); Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere – IPMA; University of Aveiro; Zêzerovo; Calé; Nogueiras & Sobrinho, Lda.; Oficina de Espíritos

Coordinator
MARE, Polytechnic of Leiria: Marco Lemos – marco.lemos@ipleiria.pt

Funding
429.326,98€ (IPLeiria)| ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação; POCI – Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização // Duration 2016-2019