Nov 2012 - Nov 2014
Plant protection products from microalgae
This project was planned to develop a novel bio-fungicide to treat common grapevine fungal diseases. The innovative microalgae plant protection product enriched with micronutrients will enable the replacement of copper fungicides in organic and conventional viticulture, increase yield in organic vineyards by up to 30% and decrease production costs per unit by up to 20%. This will increase the competitiveness of EU wines and support the development of the organic market in Europe. The ProEcoWine project was the first step of a development process that has to be continued.
Microalgae species: Scotiellopsis sp. and Anabaena sp.
Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnolgy (Coordinator), Germany
Kürzeder & März, Germany
Les Vignerons de Buzet Societe cooperative Agricole, France
Viñedos de Aldeanueva, Spain
Alfa Laval Corporate AB, Sweden
University of West Hungary, Hungary
Laboratoire Phenobio SAS, France
A4F was involved in the process development of microalgae cultivation at pilot scale, which included biomass production of the selected microalgae in highly-efficient flat panel photobioreactors, identification of basic growth parameters, optimization of microalgae growth conditions for bioactive metabolite synthesis, and the establishment of an effective harvesting and separation processes.