New temperature-stable enzymes for the conversion of starch

Project title: Amylomics

Partners: Lund University; University of Stuttgart, Germany; University of Gronigen, The Netherlands; Roquette France, RocheNimbleGen Iceland; Prokazyme; Semgen, Croatia

Research Fund: FP7

Initial year: 2011

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Guðmundur Óli Hreggviðsson

Strategic Scientist

The AMYLOMICS project will utilize the diverse ecosystems of geothermal areas in Iceland to develop heat-resistant enzymes for use in the starch and sugar industries.

Heat and acid resistance are essential properties in such industrial processes, but can be found in the enzymes of organisms in thermal areas.

The project was carried out in collaboration with the French company Roquette Frères, which is one of the largest in Europe in the production of starch and derivatives, with an annual turnover of around 7 billion euros.