Project Outline and WPs
Selected marine biomass will be processed, aiming at isolation of biopolymers in WP1. In WP2, bacterial isolates and whole bacterial communities will be selected from enrichment on biomass substrates and subsequently genome sequenced. In WP3, enzyme targets will be selected based on functional and in silico screening of microorganisms identified in WP2. Single enzymes, pathways, as well as microorganisms will be subjected to modelling and simulation for optimization through design and redesign (WP4). In close interaction with end-product industry, the products will be tested in WP5 for applications. WP6 will focus on societal impact of the utilization and the stakeholders’ attitudes.






The primary objective of MarVal is to convert largely uninvestigated marine resources into valuable end-products. The focus of MarVal is on unexplored biomass from invertebrates and marine microorganisms such as algae. Conversion procedures based on bacterial cultures will be developed, with the goal to identify and redesign the microorganisms and enzymes responsible for biomass transformation. The successful project will provide new methodologies for biomass conversion, novel biocatalysts, and attractive biomass-based products, leading to a more sustainable use of marine resources.

Secondary objectives

  • Develop biocatalysts for whole-cell and enzymatic biomass conversion
  • Identify bioactive molecules (e.g. therapeutics) from hitherto unexplored biomass
  • Increase focus on the innovation potential of biomass currently rejected as byproducts
  • Provide novel and attractive products for industrial stakeholders
  • Educate 4 PhDs, trained for transdisciplinary R&D in both academia and industry