Projecttitel: TKI Microalgal Polar LipidsProjectnummer: BBE-1603Looptijd: 2013 – 2014Budget publiek: € 64.000Budget privaat: € 64.000Projectleider: Maria Barbosa Betrokken partijen: Unilever, Wageningen University & Research
In the coming decades the global population will increase to 9 billion
people, with a concomitant rise in food consumption per capita and an increase
in energy and chemicals requirements.
Microalgae are photosynthetic microorganisms with higher productivities
than agricultural crops, do not require agriculture land and have the capacity
of using CO2 and a variety of different water sources including fresh,
brackish, saline. Microalgae can produce a wide range of products for the chemical,
energy and food industry. Several biomass components are of interest for food
products such as carotenoids, proteins, triacylglycerides and w-3 fatty acids.
Microalgae contain more ingredients which can be valuable food ingredients
Polar lipids like phospholipids and galactolipids are important membrane
components in microalgae and plants and are important as ingredient in food as
emulsifier and have in some cases health beneficial effects. Innovative,
natural, and sustainable raw material supply-chains for food ingredients from
microalgae wilt contribute to sustainable solutions to food scarcity and the
security of supply associated with food ingredients. Objective of the proposal
is to produce polar lipids with microalgae and to test the functional
properties of these polar lipids for applications in food products.
TKI Polar will establish the proof of principle on the production, study
the metabolism and demonstrate the use of polar lipids from photoautotrophic
microalgae in food products.
The specific goals of this project are: