PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of the PROLIFIC project is to apply, validate and scale up an integrated array of PROcesses, to recover a significant amount of proteins/peptides and other value-added compounds (e.g. carotenoids, phenols and fibres) from agro-industrial processing residues of legumes (seeds of peas, beans and chickpeas), fungi (cuttings and mycelia of different species) and coffee (silver skin and not compliant roasted seeds).

 

Within this it will pursue the following specific objectives.

 

  • Mapping the availability and sustainability of the chosen feedstocks (legumes, fungi and coffee residues) during and after the project;

  • Defining the specifications and compliance of residue derived compounds with existing regulations;

  • Establishing flexible and fully-scalable biorefinery extraction protocols for isolating proteins and bioactive compounds from plant residues;

  • Converting extracted fractions into valuable ingredients tailored to the specific final applications of industrial end-users;

  • Selecting, validating and demonstrating the use of extracted/converted fractions as ingredients in the food sector;

  • Selecting, validating and demonstrating the use of extracted/converted fractions as ingredients in cosmetic sector;

  • Selecting, validating and demonstrating the use of extracted/converted fractions as ingredients and additives in packaging sector;

  • Selecting, validating and demonstrating the use of extracted/converted fractions as ingredients in the animal feed sector;

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 790157.

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