The EcoAgriFood project aims at leveraging the agriculture and food bioeconomy of the Northern Region of Portugal, through the development, production and use of innovative green products and processes.
EcoAgriFood intends to contribute to better understand the behaviour and interactions of living systems and their responses to global change.
This project promotes advanced research in the field of biological sciences, essential for understanding the impacts of agriculture and the food industry on biodiversity.
- Explore biodiversity and reengineer biological systems, processes and molecules of interest to create green processes and products;
- Produce higher value-added compounds and develop eco-efficient processes for direct application in the agri-food sector;
- Exploit biowaste or by-products from the agri-food sector as source material for cell factories;
- Increase the value of biowaste or by-products from the agri-food sector through enzyme hydrolysis;
- Assess the environmental and human risks of new products and processes for the agri-food sector;
- Create eco-labels to validate innovative and environmentally safe technologies and products for the agri-food sector;
- Propose actions to protect biodiversity and improve ecosystem services for the sustainable use of natural resources in the agriculture, livestock and food industry.
The EcoAgriFood project follows a methodology with 3 Work Packages (WP):
- WP1 - Innovative microbial cell factories for the agri-food sector;
- WP2 - Environmental and human risks of new products and processes for the agri-food sector;
- WP3 – Communication, dissemination and exploitation of project results.