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Chitosan activates resistance against pathogens after exposure. Production of chitosans from shrimp shells for applications in plant disease protection

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-2000-00777
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-01-2001
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 2,511,450 EUR
EC Contribution: 2,054,223 EUR
Scientific Officer: Ciaran MANGAN
Research topic: 5.2. The integrated production and exploitation of biological materials for non-food uses

Abstract:
A consortium of five scientific, one governmental, and three commercial partners has convened to develop and exploit the economic and ecological potential of the abundant biological raw material chitin isolated from waste shrimp shells that will be up-graded into chemically and biologically well defined chitosans. These biocompatibe, biodegradable, non-allergenic, non-toxic chitosans will be tested for their ability to protect economically important crop plants from disease. The up-grading of bulk chitosan into pure, high added value speciality chitosans for consumer-safe, environment-friendly, cost-effective plant protection will add value and improve whole crop utilisation for the shrimp fisheries, improve sustainability in agriculture, and improve the quality of life by supplying healthier food to EU citizens. The creation of new working relationships between fisheries and agro- industries will lead to new knowledge-based companies, increasing employment opportunities in the EU by opening the agro-industry and, forseeably, the medical market for high quality chitosans, so that the EU may become world leader in this growing biotechnology market.


Coordinator
Bruno MOERSCHBACHER
Westfaelisches Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster
Muenster
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 2518324794
Fax: +49 258328371
E-mail: moersch@uni-muenster.de


Partners
  Johann FRAHM
Landwirtschaftskammer Westfalen-Lippe
Muenster
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 2512376635
Fax: +49 2512376644
E-mail: johann.frahm@lk-wl.nrw.de
  Hartmut PLOSS
Spiess-Urania Chemicals GMBH
Hamburg
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 4023652322
Fax: +49 4023652255
E-mail: ploss@spiess-urania.com
  Alain DOMARD
Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
Villeurbanne
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 72448587
Fax: +33 4 72431249
E-mail: domard@matplast.univ-lyon1.fr
  Yves CONTANDRIOPOULOS
Georges S. Daras S.A.
Marseille
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 91048819
Fax: +33 4 91556236
E-mail: yc.gsdaras@wanadoo.fr
  Kjell VAARUM
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Trondheim
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 73593324
Fax: +47 73591283
E-mail: kjell.morten.vaarum@chembio.ntnu.no
  Vidar THORSEN
Primex Ingredients ASA
Avaldsnes
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 52857844
Fax: +47 52857801
E-mail: vidar.thorsen@primex.no
  Rainer FISCHER
Rheinisch-Westfälische. Technischen Hochschule Aachen
Aachen
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 241 804114
Fax: +49 241 8888106
  Vassilis BOURIOTIS
Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas
Heraklion
GREECE
Tel.: +30 81394375
Fax: +30 81394375
E-mail: bouriotis@nefeli.imbb.forth.gr