Biotechnological potential of marine organisms
Marine species have a biotechnological potential that is still largely unexplored. The aim of the project is to study the possible industrial applications of marine organisms as source of natural products in the field of pharmacology, nutraceutical and cosmetics as well as source of bio-inspired materials.
Research activities of the project “Biotechnological potential of marine organisms” will focus on unicellular microalgae and some metazoan species. Until now, only a few species of microalgae have found commercial applications (e.g. Spirulina, Chlorella, Dunaliella). There are still many difficulties to overcome in order to satisfy the demands of the biotechnology industry such as the improved growth of microalgae in closed culture systems and efficient production of active biomolecules.
growth of algae
This project will identify and investigate strains that are easily cultivable, with high quantum efficiency for growth and biomolecule production for applications as neutraceuticals and cosmaceuticals, and which are able to synthetize new products for drug discovery. Preliminary assessments will be made to the exploration of research activities focusing on development of bio-inspired materials.
This research program, which is included in the three year research plan 2013-2015 of the Stazione Zoologica of Naples, has three macro objectives:
- Use of marine organisms as a source for drug discovery and other biologically active molecules
- Optimization of microalgal growth for biomass yield and production of molecules of biotechnological interest
- Bio-inspired materials