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Biotechnological tools and processes for creating adapted resources

  • Clarifying the relationship between structure and properties for materials of interest, with a view to promoting the production of well-suited plants
  • Applying the principle of economies of scale using a systems approach with the aim of developing new processes using current ecodesign tools
  • Exploiting new protein sources, such as micro-organisms (including microalgae), insects, and the byproducts of livestock production; developing environmentally friendly technologies and processes (i.e., using less water and energy) that preserve protein functionality

We are facing environmental challenges that require us to reconsider current food supply chains and to develop green chemistry approaches involving renewable carbon sources. This objective fits within the larger aim of generating a circular bioeconomy, which seeks to reduce waste (and thus, indirectly, energy usage) at all levels by optimising resource use, reducing resource harvesting, and limiting waste and pollution. The CEPIA , EA , and MICA  divisions are studying ecodesign methods that will revolutionise production systems and products, including product end-of-life (from cradle to grave). The CEPIA  division is examining the cascading use of resources, while the EA  division is focused on closing nitrogen and phosphorus cycles using waste products, thus helping enhance sustainable development in a concrete way. The PHASE  division is invested in research along the same vein: taking advantage of new protein sources to feed livestock.
This work should ultimately lead to major technological and structural shifts.

Keywords: BIORES-2