MultiBioPro was an academic/industry based alliance, consisting of pan-European partners with complementary multidisciplinary expertise. The aim of MultiBioPro was to develop and implement multipurpose crops that deliver improved biomass extractability and new improved sources of non-food oils, biomaterials as well as other valuable bioproducts. The non-food crops used in MultiBioPro are SRC poplar breeds and the tobacco tree “Nicotiana glauca”. Both crops require little resource input, grow on poor marginal soils and do not interfere with food production. Poplar is an established biomass crop in the temperate climate zone of Europe, yet the tobacco tree still has untapped potential in Southern Europe as an exploitable biosource. With poplar and tobacco trees being used as innovative sources of energy to replace fossil resources, MultiBioPro has a positive influence on the sustainable development of our Environment.
The project, funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union, was coordinated by Dr. Alisdair Fernie, Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam/Germany. Within the project's lifetime of 48 months, eleven partners from six European countries collaborated within the MultiBioPro consortium.