MACBIOBLUE - Development of new products & processes derived from macroalgae in the context of Macaronesian Blue Biotechnology & Transfer to Enterprises

  • EU
  • International Research Project
  • 2017 to 2021

Development of new products & processes derived from macroalgae in the context of Macaronesian Blue Biotechnology. The main purpose is the industrial/commercial use of macroalgae washed ashore, although the use of macroalgae obtained by aquiculture is also contemplated. The project gives strong emphasis to technological transfer to industry (SMEs). It includes Universities, Research Centers & SMEs (health, agriculture, food & others). 

Articles in SCI Journals already published within this project:

Galindo, A., Rodríguez, C., Reis, D.B., Marrero, M., Acosta, N.G., Barreto, M.C., Jiménez, I.A., Urioste, J., Venuleo, M. & Pérez. J.A. (2002) Valorization of seaweed wracks: inclusion as additive in diets for grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). Aquaculture Nutrition2022, 6992682. DOI:10.1155/2022/6992682 (IF2021 3,781; Q1 Fisheries)

Nunes, N., Rosa, G.P., Ferraz, S., Barreto, M.C., Pinheiro de Carvalho, M.A.A. (2020) Fatty acid composition, TLC screening, ATR-FTIR analysis, anti-cholinesterase activity and in vitro cytotoxicity to A549 tumor cell line of extracts of 3 macroalgae collected in Madeira. Journal of Applied Phycology32, 759-771. DOI:10.1007/s10811-019-01884-9 (IF2018 2,635; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)

Nunes, N., Valente, S., Ferraz, S., Barreto, M.C. & Pinheiro De Carvalho, M.A.A. (2020) Biochemical study of attached macroalgae from the Madeira Archipelago and beach-cast macroalgae from the Canary Islands: multivariate analysis to determine bioresource potential. Botanica Marina63(3), . DOI:10.1515/bot-2019-0022 (IF2018 0,919; Q4 Plant Sciences)

Nunes, N., Valente, S., Ferraz, S., Barreto, M.C. & Pinheiro de Carvalho, M.A.A. (2020) Constructing ethanol-derived bioactive extracts using the brown seaweed Zonaria tournefortii (J.V.Lamouroux) Montagne performed with Timatic extractor by means of response surface methodology (RSM). Journal of Applied Phycology32, 2321-2333. DOI:10.1007/s10811-019-01973-9 (IF2020 3,016; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)

Rosa, G.P., Tavares, W.R., Sousa, P.M.C., Pagès, A.K., Seca, A.M.L. & Pinto, D.C.G.A. (2020) Seaweeds secondary metabolites with beneficial health effects: an overview of successes in in vivo studies and clinical trials. Marine Drugs18(1), 8. DOI:10.3390/md18010008 (IF2020 4,073; Q1 Chemistry, Medicinal)

Zárate, R., Portillo, E., Teixidó, S., Carvalho, M.A.A.P., Nunes, N., Ferraz, S., Seca, A.M.L., Rosa, G.P. Barreto, M.C. (2020) Pharmacological and cosmeceutical potential of seaweed beach-casts of Macaronesia. Applied Sciences10(17), 5831. DOI:10.3390/app10175831 (IF2020 2,474; Q3 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Nunes, N., Leça, J.M., Pereira, A.C., Pereira, V., Ferraz, S., Barreto, M.C., Marques, J.C. & Pinheiro de Carvalho, M.A.A.P. (2019) Evaluation of fucoxanthin contents in seaweed biomass by vortex-assisted solid-liquid microextraction using high-performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array detection. Algal Research-Biomass Biofuels and Bioproducts42, . DOI:10.1016/j.algal.2019.101603 (IF2018 3,723; Q1 Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology)

Nunes, N. Valente, S., Ferraz, S., Barreto, M.C. & Pinheiro de Carvalho, M.A.A. (2019) Validation of a spectrophotometric methodology for a rapid iodine analysis in algae and seaweed casts. Algal Research-Biomass Biofuels and Bioproducts42, . DOI:10.1016/j.algal.2019.101613 (IF2018 3,723; Q1 Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology)

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Project leader: Instituto Tecnológico de Canárias (Gran Canaria, Spain) – Eduardo Portillo Hahnefeld

FEDER partners: Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso;  FICIC (Fundación Canaria del Instituto Canario de Investigación del Cancer); Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Universidade da Madeira; Universidad de La Laguna. Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias;

Non-FEDER Partners/Third countries: Universidade de Cabo Verde; Universidade de Ciências, de Tecnologia e de Medicina (Mauritania); Université Cheikh Anta DIOP (Senegal);

Other participants/enterprises: CEAMED SA (Canarias, Spain); Salinas Marinas de Fuertecaliente S.L. (Canarias, Spain); ECOS Estudos Ambientales y Ocenografia (Canarias, Spain); Natur Extracts S.A. (Madeira, Portugal); BRC Infraestructuras Hidráulicas (Canarias, Spain); Martell Lozano S.L.; (Canarias, Spain); Algalimento S.L. (Canarias, Spain);  Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canarias, Spain); COAG-Canarias (Coordinadora deOrganziaciones de Agricultores y Ganaderos) (Canarias, Spain); IDEAQUA FISH & AQUAPONIC SL (Canarias, Spain); UBQ II Lda (Madeira, Portugal); Biocanarias scp (Canarias, Spain).