Integrated cascades of PROcesses for the extraction and valorisation of proteins and bioactive molecules from Legumes, Fungi and Coffee agro-industrial side streams


Agro-industrial residual biomass, side streams and food production by-products like legumes, fungi and coffee are potential sources of valuable ingredients even though the routes for their exploitation are still at an early stage. Pursuing the ambition of achieving prolific valorization of untapped biomass streams, the project R%D&I; activities and partners of Prolific have been positioned around a central innovation cycle that is mainly driven by industrial end-users who exactly know the needs of their customers and the technical constraints and industrial environment in their respective sector. The PROLIFIC project will apply a range of processing technologies to recover significant amounts of proteins/peptides and other value added compounds (e.g. carotenoids, phenols, caffeine and fibers) from industrial processing residues of legumes (seeds of peas, beans and chickpea), fungi (cuttings and mycelia of different species) and coffee (silver skin residue and not compliant roasted seeds). The economically and environmentally sustainable extraction, enzymatic modification, and conditioning techniques will be upscaled in industrially relevant environment. This will enable the production of consequent amounts of compounds and fractions necessary for the production of 16 product prototypes for the food, feed, packaging and cosmetic sectors. The Prolific project will assess the environmental, societal, ethical, safety, and regulatory issues at each step of the targeted value chains. SME and large companies strive at achieving competitive biomass exploitation and attracting when needed additional investors. The industrial partners business strategies for the future market penetration starts with the clear identification of the customer needs and goes up to the preparation of give-aways of food and cosmetics prototyped products as a reward for filling in questionnaires about the Prolific products along with intensive dissemination and communication

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Annalisa Tassoni

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali

Fachhocschule Nordwestschweiz(Switzerland)

Other Participants:
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Illycaffe' Spa (Italy)
Nutrition Sciences NV (Belgium)
Celabor Scrl (Belgium)
Femto Engineering Srl (Italy)
Innovacoop Srl (Italy)
Iris Technology Solutions S.L. (Spain)
Pleurette (France)
Rtd Talos Limited (Cyprus)
Conserves France (France)
Igv Institut Fur Getreideverarbeitung Gmbh (Germany)
Tsatsos Georgios (Greece)
Università  degli Studi di PARMA (Italy)
Stazione Sperimentale Per L'Industria Delle Conserve Alimentari In Parma (Italy)
Stolzenberger Reiner Erich (Germany)
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant Vzw (Belgium)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 4.672.382,75
Project Duration in months: 50
Start Date: 01/09/2018
End Date: 31/10/2022

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Responsible consumption and production This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 790157 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 790157