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MultiBioPro was a pan-European research project to develop multipurpose crops that provide both enhanced biomass extractability and valuable bioproducts from waste streams. Eleven partners from six European countries collaborated in the MultiBioPro consortium and the project ran from October 2012 to September 2016, funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union.

MultiBioPro focused on the non-food crops of poplar (Populus spp.) and tree tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) as both require little resource input, grow well on marginal soils and do not disrupt food production. Throughout the course of the 48 month project, major results included:

  • Establishing a biorefining concept for the tobacco tree which showcased the potential of utilising the waste materials from biomass production as a source of high-value compounds. For example, both the Coenzyme Q10 precursor, solanesol and Vitamin D precursor, squalene can be extracted from the leaves.
  • Identifying a new step in the lignin biosynthetic pathway catalysed by caffeoyl shikimate esterase (CSE) and using this knowledge to generate CSE-modified poplar trees with wood that can be broken down to produce twice as much usable sugars than the wood of wild-type trees.

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Goals

MultiBioPro will contribute to a better understanding of an improved utilisation of renewable biosources.

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Output

MultiBioPro will significantly boost the marketability of multipurpose feedstock for biorefining.

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Advantages

MultiBioPro offers progress beyond the state of the art in the biorefinery sector, thus adding to a sustainable future.

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Results

MultiBioPro will contribute to a better understanding of an improved utilisation of renewable biosources.

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