Consortium partner

The 4BIOLIVE consortium covers the full research development value chain from experts on fundamental aspects of agriculture, chemistry, engineering and material science, synthesis of polymeric materials. All consortium partners are highly experienced and recognized experts in their fields (academic participants with top level peer-reviewed publications). It is a small-size consortium, allowing a strong focus and a clear role distribution for the implementation of the work plan to achieve the 4BIOLIVE challenging objectives

4BIOLIVE consortium partner

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(University of Perugia)
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2. UPC
(Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
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(National Institute of Agronomic Research of Algeria)
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(Institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education Chott-Mariem)
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(Institut Supérieur des Etudes Appliquées en Humanités de Mahdia / University of Monastir)

1. UNIPG (University of Perugia)

Description of the legal entity and its main tasks:
The research groups from University of Perugia involved in 4BIOLIVE will be the (i) Materials Science and Technology Group, the (ii) Biomass Chemistry Laboratory and the (iii) Research Unit of Agricultural Chemistry of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. In 4BIOLIVE, UNIPG will have the role of optimising the extraction of bioactive products, the formulation of biofertilizers and biostimulants, as well as the production of biopolymeric substrates on a laboratory scale. UNIPG will analyse the sustainability and environmental impact of products and processes and evaluate their economic and environmental performance through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Cost (LCC) for the duration of the project. UNIPG will have also the role of coordinating project technical and management activities. It will be responsible for WP2, WP4, WP5 and WP9.

2. UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)

Description of the legal entity and its main tasks:

The main goal of the Research Group of Environmental Engineering and Microbiology (GEMMA) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is to contribute to sustainable development by means of applied research and innovation in the field of environmental biotechnology. GEMMA is devoted to interdisciplinary research within four main expertise areas: wastewater and solid waste treatment, bioenergy generation, bioproducts recovery and sustainability assessment. Related to the objective of 4BIOLIVE, GEMMA is fully involved in the valorisation of residual biomass for biogas and organic fertilizer production. The UPC group will lead WP3, focused on such valorisation after the extraction of high-value bioproducts from the olive oil mill wastes. It will also be involved in WP4 to evaluate the effect of the digestate application on crops, in WP7 to perform the multicriteria sustainability assessment

3. INRAA (National Institute of Agronomic Research of Algeria)

Description of the legal entity and its main tasks:
INRAA is an Algerian public research institution, founded in April 1966, affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR), responsible at national level for the development of research and innovation programs in Agriculture and Agri-food technology. In accordance with its national mandate, INRAA’s activities are embedded mainly in the following fields: I) Knowledge and understanding of the physical environment. II) Development and improvement of field crops. III) Development and improvement of animal production. IV) Agrifood technology research (Preservation, processing of agricultural products and improving their quality). V) Biotechnology applied to agriculture. VI) Economics and sociology of agriculture and rural development. VII) Ecology and environment in relation to agricultural research. INRAA will be in charge of WP1, in this WP it will coordinate the activities of oil by-product supply and the subsequent extraction and characterization of active compounds from the various fractions.

4. CRRHAB (Institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education Chott-Mariem)

Description of the legal entity and its main tasks:
The Regional Research Centre of Horticulture and Organic Agriculture belongs to the Institution of Agronomic High Education and Research (Institution de la Recherche et l’Enseignement Supérieur Agricole: IRESA,, it has been created in 2006 is organised into training and research departments, with various specialities which aiming the sustainable agriculture. CRRHAB-CM is organised into 4 training and research departments: 1) Pomology; 2) Water, soil and Environment; 3) Vegetable diversity and production; 4) In vitro culture; 5) Plant protection; 6) Economy and Biometry. In 4BIOLIVE, CRRHAB will be responsible for WP6 and all activities on a larger scale, such as greenhouse validation of tests previously carried out on a laboratory scale. In this WP, CRRHAB will validate the formulations produced (biofertilizers, biostimulants and biopolymers) on model plants and soil.

5. ISEAH/UM (Institut Supérieur des Etudes Appliquées en Humanités de Mahdia / University of Monastir)

Description of the legal entity and its main tasks:
ISEAHM is a public institution under the supervision of the ministry of high education and scientific research of Tunisia. ISEAHM is specialized on characterization, management and conservation of water and soil and their impact on the environment and society. The involved technical personnel is a member of the research laboratory ‘Sustainability of olive and fruit trees production systems’ in Olive Tree Institute. The ISEAH group will lead the WP8 concerning the communication and the dissemination of outcomes. This group will also participate on different tasks in WP7.
This project is part of the PRIMA programme supported by the European Union Any dissemination of results must indicate that it reflects only the author's view and that the PRIMA Foundation is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains