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Providing New, Sustainable Biosources: DISCO Releases Project Clip

Animated clip outlines the project’s efforts to discover and validate novel bioactives from renewable sources

The EU project DISCO has released an animated clip, which illustrates the objectives and activities of the multi-national, interdisciplinary consortium working together in this four-year research initiative. Clear 3D animations exemplify in an easy to understand way the steps taken by the project towards the discovery, application and industrial valorization and commercialisation of promising sustainable bioactive molecules. In addition, the clip highlights the favourable societal, environmental and economic effects of boosting the production of bioactives from plants.

DISCO was launched in November 2013 with the main goal to develop new sustainable biosources of plant-derived products of pharmaceutical and industrial interest such as carotenoids, apocarotenoids and tropane alkaloids, which will help to alleviate the reliance on chemical synthesis.

Following the completion of the 3rd project year, DISCO has already demonstrated the advantages and benefits of the applied approach. The pipeline from discovery to translation has ensured that fundamental aspects can be incorporated into the process adding value to the supply chain.

The highlights of the project to date are:

  1. The use of next generation sequencing technologies to show high value apocarotenoid production and tropane alkaloid formation.
  2. The implementation of aquaculture and poultry trials that demonstrate the benefits of renewable admixes over chemically synthesised products.
  3. The setting-up of a plant cell system which can produce high levels of high-value chemicals, without negative impact on plant growth.
  4. The release of a colourless carotenoid as a commercial product from tomato for use in cosmetics.

In the most recent period DISCO has also developed innovative technological flows to support, add value and improve sustainability of biorefining processes.

DISCO brings together a multidisciplinary project consortium of leading academic experts from plant genetics, molecular biology and metabolic engineering as well as industrial partners from Europe and Chile. The project is funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme.

Eurice is management partner in DISCO and supports the consortium in the successful implementation of the project as well as the in the dissemination and exploitation of project results.

The clip is available on the DISCO website.

Tags: FP7 | Research | Film | Innovation
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