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DO ALL SALT-TOLERANT PLANT SPECIES, ALSO CALLED HALOPHYTES, PREFER SALINE CULTIVATION CONDITIONS?

Halophytes are defined as salt-tolerant plant species that are able to finish their complete life cycle at salinities higher than 200 mM NaCl. Does it mean that they always grow better in the presence of salt?

Biogas – closing the loop of the Halophyte Biorefinery.

Final step of the biorefinery to recover energy and nutrients from the halophyte residues

The AQUA-COMBINE biorefinery plant at AAU

As part of the H2020 project AQUA-COMBINE, AAU has in 2020 build Phase 1 of the demonstration plant for processing of halophyte biomass (e.g. Salicornia) into bioactive extracts (for cosmetics and functional foods), pre-biotic protein and carbohydrates, and biogas. The plant consists of all unit operations needed be able to process and valorise the non-food part of Salicornia, giving added value for Salicornia farmers in a circular manner, where all fractions of the plants are utilised.

Green fractionation and biomass characterization

Work package no. 5 (WP5) focuses on the processing of green and fresh, but not food-grade biomass. Here in Aalborg University (AAU), we have been fractionated and characterized Salicornia ramosissima, Salicornia europaea, Tripolium pannonicum and Crithmum maritimum biomasses grown in the greenhouses of RIASEARCH and Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH).

Extraction of lignified halophytes by non-toxic solvent

Using easily scalable methods, suitable for rural area farmers in Europe, AAU has investigated the optimization of extraction of known antioxidants, with quantification of antioxidant capacity and polyphenol content from S. ramosissima

Thanks to beer we might soon be eating Salicornia!

How we incorporated an old protein measurement method in order to help us in our goal of extracting proteins from salicornia

Extraction of lignified halophytes by pressurized fluids

In the framework of the project, CELABOR is developing innovative processes to extract high valuable compounds from mature lignified halophyte crops such as lipids, carotenoids or polyphenols (mainly hydroxycinnamic acids). This first period of work was focused on Salicornia ramossissima grown in the fields of our Portuguese partner RIASEARCH.

Online WEBINAR and STUDY TOUR on Aquaculture, Biorefinery and Modern Circular Production Systems

The previously announced workshop and study tour has been converted into an online webinar to take place on 28 October and includes a virtual study tour. The webinar is free of charge so please see invitation and program by clicking on “read more” to the left.

SEMINAR/WORKSHOP/STUDY TOUR ON AQUACULTURE, BIOREFINERY AND MODERN CIRCULAR PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

INBIOM – National Bioresource Network, AAU Energy in Esbjerg, AQUA-COMBINE and GO GRASS H2020 projects invite you to one and a half-day of top scientists and industrial partners sharing their knowledge and expertise about aquaculture, on-shore production loops, and circular economy.

LAUNCH OF PROJECT WEBSITE

We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website.

The AQUACOMBINE project is an EU-funded research and innovation project running from 2019 until 2023.

Kick-off meeting

On the 29-30th of October 2019, the AQUACOMBINE project had its kick-off meeting with all 17 partners represented. 

All partners presented their institution, involved personnel, their experiences and the role they are going to have in the project.

                                       
                                                                                                                              

Acknowledgement

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 862834. Any results of this project reflects only this consortium’s view and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.