Enzymes for marine biotechnology

Project title: Marikat

Partners: Lund University, Sweden; DTU University of Technology Denmark; Hellenic Center for Marine Research; University of Crete; Greece, LLa - Bioeconomy Denmark; Enza Biotech AB -Sweden; ORF Faroe Islands; Utrecht University of the Netherlands; Aventure, Sweden

Research Fund: Technology Development Fund

Initial year: 2020

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Björn Þór Aðalsteinsson

Project Manager


The goal of the Marikat project is to develop enzymes for the processing of biomaterials from seafood. 

Seaweed and kelp contain a lot of sugars with a variety of bioactivity.

The sugars are different from the sugars found in land plants and there is still a lack of enzyme tools to facilitate their processing from seaweed and conversion into valuable substances.

The project will develop various types of enzymes to process bioactive small sugars, rare sugars, polyphenols and seaweed surfactants. The market for such substances can be found in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.