FORESTSPECS

"Wood Bark and Peat Based Bioactive Compounds, Speciality Chemicals, and Remediation Materials: from Innovations to Applications"

 Coordinatore HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO 

 Organization address address: YLIOPISTONKATU 4
city: HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
postcode: 14

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Sanna-Maija
Cognome: Miettinen
Email: send email
Telefono: 358919000000
Fax: 358919000000

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Finland [FI]
 Totale costo 3˙736˙786 €
 EC contributo 2˙888˙759 €
 Programma FP7-KBBE
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology
 Code Call FP7-KBBE-2008-2B
 Funding Scheme CP-SICA
 Anno di inizio 2009
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2009-05-01   -   2012-10-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

 Organization address address: YLIOPISTONKATU 4
city: HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
postcode: 14

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Sanna-Maija
Cognome: Miettinen
Email: send email
Telefono: 358919000000
Fax: 358919000000

FI (HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO) coordinator 1˙228˙490.00
2    UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

 Organization address address: Stag Hill
city: GUILDFORD
postcode: GU2 7XH

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Sue
Cognome: Angulatta
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 1483 682687
Fax: +44 1483 689567

UK (GUILDFORD) participant 444˙465.00
3    Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy named after I.I. Mechnikov

 Organization address address: Piskarevsky prospect 47
city: Saint Petersburg
postcode: 195067

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Valery
Cognome: Makarov
Email: send email
Telefono: 78125431374
Fax: 78125452230

RU (Saint Petersburg) participant 271˙464.00
4    TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

 Organization address address: TEKNIIKANTIE 4 A
city: ESPOO
postcode: 02044 VTT

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Seija
Cognome: Flinck
Email: send email
Telefono: +358 20 722 5401
Fax: +358 20 722 7071

FI (ESPOO) participant 260˙820.00
5    FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHENLANDBAU STIFTUNG

 Organization address address: ACKERSTRASSE POSTFACH 1
city: Frick
postcode: 5070

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Bettina
Cognome: Landau
Email: send email
Telefono: +41 62 865 72 76
Fax: +41 62 865 72 73

CH (Frick) participant 204˙816.00
6    SANKT-PETERSBURG RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF FORESTRY

 Organization address address: NIKITOV STREET 13
city: ARKHANGELSK
postcode: 163062

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Natalia
Cognome: Demidova
Email: send email
Telefono: +78182 612679
Fax: +78182 612578

RU (ARKHANGELSK) participant 186˙864.00
7    FGU FAR EAST FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

 Organization address address: VOLOCHAEVSKAYA 71
city: KHABAROVSK
postcode: 680000

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Yuri G.
Cognome: Tagiltsev
Email: send email
Telefono: +7 42 12 216798
Fax: +7 42 12 216798

RU (KHABAROVSK) participant 161˙842.00
8    Trifolio-M GmbH

 Organization address address: DR HANS WILHELMI WEG 1
city: Lahnau
postcode: 35633

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Hubertus
Cognome: Kleeberg
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 6441209770
Fax: +49 64412097750

DE (Lahnau) participant 80˙000.00
9    "OY GRANULA AB, LTD"

 Organization address address: RAUTATIENKATU 2
city: KOTKA
postcode: 48100

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Thomas
Cognome: Ahlnäs
Email: send email
Telefono: +358 5 210 5223
Fax: +358 5 210 5225

FI (KOTKA) participant 49˙998.00

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birch    occurring    found    compounds    pharmaceutical    spruce    bioactive    medical    molecules    waste    protection    industrial    forestspecs    plant    forestry    species    tree    industrially    betulin    renewable    raw    industry    bark    chemicals    forest    suberin    humus    cosmetics    peat    materials    larix    naturally    bioremediation    substances   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'The production of fine and industrial chemicals and bioactive compounds based on renewable, naturally occurring raw materials has become an exciting research topic, but so far only few studies concern side products of the forest industry. We will focus on bark and on peat. Bark is a high-volume waste product, currently largely unutilised as a raw material. Northern Europe and Russia have abundant peat reserves, offering a rich source of complex molecules for many application areas. White birch, pine and spruce form the basis for a very large wood industry. Betulin and suberin are the major components of the bark of birch trees. Betulin is a precursor of triterpenoid compounds having important pharmacological, physiological or biological properties useful in pharmaceutical and industrial applications. Interesting possibilities for betulin exist also in cosmetics and in agricultural applications. Suberin is the other main component of birch outer bark, and it can be used to produce new industrially potential products such as binders for coatings and composite materials, biodegradable lubricants, and surface-active agents. Bark from other tree species (Pinus, Picea, Populus, Larix), their properties, and possible uses will also be researched in this project, along with humic substances from peat. Our work includes innovative natural products chemistry, extraction and process technology; as well as basic research on mode of action and structure-function relationships within the application areas (e.g., in plant protection products: insect pest antifdeedants, antifungal and antibacterial products; in pharmaceutical/medical applications, cosmetics, and bioremediation).We plan to ensure that promising results from this project will have a higher than the average probability of becoming products of significant importance to the forest, farming, medical and pharmaceutical sectors, with major positive spin-off impacts to human health and the environment.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

In a pioneering study, researchers identified a range of high-value chemical compounds from forest wastes like bark, peat and humus.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

By-products of the forest industry, like bark and peat, contain bioactive molecules with potential applications in medicines, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and plant protection products. This means that rather than burning these renewable, naturally occurring raw materials, high-value products that will boost rural economies and sustainable forestry could be created.

To realise this potential, the EU funded a project called http://www.forestspecs.eu (FORESTSPECS). The project's aim was to identify and study bioactive compounds from the bark of industrially important tree species, and from humus and peat.

Researchers found a large number of potentially valuable substances, and were able to further synthesise useful derivative compounds. The compounds were all screened for potential applications in, for example, bioremediation materials, fertilisers, fungicides and pharmaceuticals.

One important discovery was that several Larix bark compounds could provide some protection against downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola) on grapevines. Researchers also devised a simple and efficient way to extract a medically relevant compound known as Rhaponticin from Norway spruce bark.

A peat distillate was furthermore found to be useful in a nasal spray device, which one project partner plans to patent upon further development. These and other advances of the FORESTSPECS project demonstrated that untapped potential lies within forestry waste streams.

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