Proof-of-concept of a novel, inherent-safe, bio-fungicide to control fungi in vegetables. The project employs an approach of, (i) compilation and validation of a short list of 10 plant compounds suitable to control common pathogenic soil fungi in vegetables, (ii) development of bio-adhesive polymer-based micrometric beads loaded with the selected bio-active compound, (iii) testing the efficacy and safety of the prototype of the bio-fungicide extensively in-vivo under semi-controlled conditions, and (iv) testing efficacy and safety of the prototype of the bio-fungicide in commercial settings. The requirements of registration are taken into account executing all the tests.
Development and validation of a bio-based source for the agro-chemicals industry. The project employs an approach of, (i) bio-remediation of waste of the food industry, (ii) extraction and purification of the bio-remediated material, (iii) testing on efficacy of the bio-material, (iv) testing on safety of the bio-material, and (v) synthesising all the data generated in business cases. The project should result in production of 1-3 biomaterials at semi-commercial scale.
A proof-of-concept of an efficacious processing of ornamentals grown in greenhouses to produce pure essential oil for cosmetics, in which pure means:
- pesticide-free growth of plants
- growth in a climate neutral greenhouse
- use of green processing technology
- an absolute of the highest quality
Mastering each of these challenges and subsequent scaling up will result in a sustainable, bio-based, value chain of cosmetics in Europe.