The aim of MARINE FUNGI is the demonstration of sustainable exploitation of marine natural resources providing appropriate culture conditions for the underutilised group of marine fungi, thus enabling efficient production of marine natural products in the laboratory and also in large scale cultures, avoiding harm to the natural environment. The focus of MARINE FUNGI are new anti-cancer compounds The project will carry out the characterisation of these compounds to the stage of in vivo proof of concept ready to enter further drug development in order to valorise the results of the project.
MARINE FUNGI covers two approaches to gain effective producer strains: a) Candidate strains originating from one partner's strain collection will be characterised and optimised using molecular methods. b) New fungi will be isolated from unique habitats, i.e. tropical coral reefs, endemic macroalgae and sponges from the Mediterranean. Culture conditions for these new isolates will be optimised for the production of new anti-cancer metabolites.
MARINE FUNGI will develop a process concept for these compounds providing the technological basis for a sustainable use of marine microbial products as result of Blue Biotech. The project will explore the potential of marine fungi as excellent sources for useful new natural compounds. This will be accomplished by the formation of a new strongly interacting research network comprising the scientific and technological actors, including 3 SMEs and 2 ICPC partners, necessary to move along the added-value chain from the marine habitat to the drug candidate and process concept. The generated and existing knowledge will be disseminated widely for the valorisation of the project results.
Start Date: 2011-05-01 End Date: 2014-04-30 EU Contribution: 2 999 898 Euro Total Costs: 3 847 760 Euro Programme acronym: FP7-KBBE Subprogramme area: KBBE.2010.3.2-01 Sustainable culture of marine microorganisms, algae and/or invertebrates for high added value products Contract type: Small or medium-scale focused research project Administrative Contact Person: Jens-Uwe MOELCK (Mr)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ANTOFAGASTA – Chile
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT – Finland
CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL – Germany