The EU-PEARLS consortium is a collaborative network of European research organisations and industrial participants, which consists of 10 partners located in 7 countries. The project is coordinated by Hans Mooibroek at Food & Biobased Research, Wageningen University and Research Centre.
Food & Biobased Research
The Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group (AFSG) group of Wageningen University and Research Centre provides fundamental, strategic and applied research to enable rapid transfer of academic knowledge to the market. The Business Unit ‘Bio-based Products’ has a strong focus on primary streams of biomass and bio-residues to produce sustainable industrial raw materials, green chemicals (added value products) and bio-energy, and has extensive experience / expertise in:
- Biomass conversion, taking into account biomass composition, availability and costs;
- Physical, chemical and enzymatic pre-treatment of biomass;
- Microbial biochemistry, physiology and genomics, bioprocess technology and optimization of fermentation processes.
Important topics are the production and application of a variety of biopolymers including bacterial cellulose, starch, polyhydroxyalkanoates, polylactic acid, collagenous peptides and cyanophycin.
Plant Research International (PRI)
PRI is an independent research institute working within the Department of Plant Sciences of the Wageningen University and Research Centre. PRI specialises in strategic and applied research in the field of plant breeding and agro-production. The combination of knowledge and experience in genetics and reproduction, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, crop protection, crop ecology and agrosystems, enables us to offer a unique range of perspectives for government and industry. PRI serves the entire agro-production chain with scientific products, from the DNA level to production system concepts.
The business units Bioscience and Plant Breeding focus on research into genetic and physiological processes, using state-of-the-art tools in the field of molecular biology (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics), physics and informatics, aimed at studying the regulation, organisation and molecular coordination of metabolic routes, and plant development and reproduction. Areas of special interest are: regulation of metabolic pathways (a.o. flavonoids, terpenoids and fructans) and molecular signalling in plant-pathogen interactions. The business unit Plant Breeding has ample experience in domestication of new industrial crops (e.g. Lesquerella, Coryander, Crambe, Calendula, Lunaria, Euphorbia).
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