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The GENIALG project aims to boost the Blue Biotechnology Economy (BBE) by increasing the production and sustainable exploitation of two highyielding species of the EU seaweed biomass: the brown alga Saccharina latissima and the green algae Ulva spp

TITLE: GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative macroALGal biorefinery
PROGRAMME: Horizon 2020
INSTRUMENT: H2020-BG-2016-1
TOTAL BUDGET: €12,224,237
DURATION: January 2017 - December 2020 (48 months)
COORDINATOR: Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
CONSORTIUM: 19 partners from six countries

GENIALG will demonstrate the economic feasibility and environmental sustainability of cultivating and refining seaweed biomass in multiple use demanded products of marine renewable origin. The consortium integrates available knowledge in algal biotechnology and ready to use reliable eco-friendly tools and methods for selecting and producing high yielding strains in economically feasible quantities and qualities. In a larger frame, conservation and biosafety issues will be addressed as well as more social aspects such as acceptability and competition for space and water regarding other maritime activities. To achieve these objectives GENIALG will foster a transsectorial and complementary consortium of scientists and private companies.

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Cliona Ní Cheallacháin

Cliona Ní Cheallachaín holds a degree in science and a background in the aquaculture industry. She is Senior Project Manager at AquaTT, where she has worked since 2011, focusing mainly on knowledge management and transfer within several FP7 projects, such as AquaInnova and MarineTT; and, project management and dissemination within others, such as MG4U, Trafoon and COMMON SENSE. She is the Project Manager for the €4 million COLUMBUS project hosting 26 partners and tagged the European Commission’s flagship initiative on Blue Growth and Knowledge Transfer.

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Marieke Reuver, Project Manager

Marieke manages and steers the project.

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Project Coordinator

Philippe Potin

Place Georges Teissier
29680 Roscoff

Telephone: +33 2 98 29 23 75




Funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme