NEPtunA-Novel Extraction Processes for multiple high-value compoUNds from selected Algal source materials
Novel enzyme-based extraction technologies will be applied to algal biomass derived from selected algal taxonomic groups including macroalgae (seaweeds), microalgae and cyanobacteria.
Algal species will be chosen according to their potential to produce high bioactive levels which will be further enhanced by applying abiotic stresses. Algal extracts produced by enzymatic and traditional approaches will be tested for multiple applications, concentrating on antioxidant and antimicrobial activities with applications in food, cosmetics, animal health (aquaculture) and personal/home care. Extracts that exhibit high activities will be chemically characterised to identify active components. NEPTUNA targets “methods for the sustainable processing of marine (algal) biomass” by using both commercial and novel enzymes produced by epibiotic bacteria to extract bioactive fractions from marine algal biomass.