Enzymes for lignocellulose degradation for animal feed and agricultural by-products valorization

The approach proposed in the Polizime-Pilofunction project.
  • Grant agreement ID: CPP2022-009820

  • Total project budget: 201.168,04€

  • Start Date: 01/10/2023

    End Date: 30/09/2026

Project Summary:

Polizime-Pilofunction is a public-private collaboration project which is working to obtain enzymatic tools through solid-state fermentation for various purposes. On the one hand, the aim is to obtain lignocellulolytic enzymes suitable for the animal production industry, specifically in the production of feed to facilitate their digestibility. At the same time, these enzymes will serve to obtain free sugars from plant biomass.

These second-generation sugars will be used in the production of plant growth-promoting microorganisms. With this approach, is expected to reduce dependence on classic first-generation sugars and diversify the sources of raw materials for the generation of microorganisms useful in agriculture.

The fact of being able to design enzymes with multiple uses allows for better economies of scale while increasing the cost-benefit ratio and making it feasible to valorize raw materials that initially could not be used or that were less efficient individually. Polizime-Pilofunction is led by Global Feed S.L., and Fertinagro Biotech S.L. and the BETA TC are the other members of the consortium.

BETA Tech Center is the public entity of the consortium and focuses on the initial stages of the project in which it is intended to identify microorganisms with the potential to produce enzymes through solid-state fermentation and test them on a laboratory scale before a scaling process to pilot plant. It also takes part in the characterization and definition of the safety of the proposed enzymes.

Project CPP2022-009820, funded by MCIN/AEI /10.13039/501100011033 and by the European Union NextGenerationEU/PRTR.