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Sustainable oleochemicals bioproduction from carboxylates via oleaginous fermentation



Coordinator: Dr. Cristina González, IMDEA Energy Biotechnological Processes Unit, REC, Spain

Université Clermont Auvergne Institut Pascal,
REC, France
University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, HES, Slovenia
IJS / Institute "Jožef Stefan", Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, REC, Slovenia

Group photo OLEOFERM

OLEOFERM's Virtual Kick-off meeting (Photo: OLEOFERM Archive)


Project Abstract

The aim of OLEOFERM is to develop a cost-effective technology for the production of microbial oils from short-chain fatty acids produced during the anaerobic fermentation of organic waste. This will be achieved by linking the bioprocesses of anaerobic fermentation of organic waste and oleaginous fermentation in conjunction with deciphering the metabolic pathways of new microbial factories. The resulting technology will provide an alternative to biochemicals from fossil fuels and also overcome the limited availability, sustainability and high cost of conventional oleochemicals from vegetable oils and animal fats.

OLEOFERM is funded by the ERA CoBioTech partners: AEI, ANR and MIZS.

Project Start: April 2021   Duration: 36 months  
Project Budget:  Total Cost: 1.033.000 Euro, Funding: 629.000 Euro
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Project presentation status seminar 2021

Project brochure


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