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Biotechnological production of sustainable indole



Coordinator: Dr. Katarina Cankar, Wageningen Plant Research, REC, The Netherlands

National Institute of Biology
, REC, Slovenia
Bielefeld University,Biology & Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec), HES, Germany
Wageningen University, Systems and Synthetic Biology, HES, The Netherlands
Axxence GmbH, Research & Development, SME, Germany

Project Abstract

The INDIE project aims to produce indole, an important flavouring compound with the main market in dairy, tea drinks and fine fragrances. Our aim is to produce natural indole via microbial fermentation and enzymatic bioconversion. Indole will be produced by an environmental-friendly production process using non-food competitive and renewable substrates.

Group photo INDIE

Source: Dr. Katarina Cankar / Wageningen University & Research, BU Bioscience


INDIE is funded by the ERA CoBioTech partners: FNR, NWO, MIZS and co-funded by the European Union.

Project Start: June 2018 Duration: 36 months
Project Budget:  Total Cost: 1.009.000 Euro, Funding: 888.000 Euro
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Project presentation from ACHEMA kick-off meeting

Project presentation status seminar 2021

Project brochure

HES – higher education sector – university
REC – research organisation
SME – small and medium-sized enterprise