The BACHBERRY project aims to develop a portfolio of sustainable methodologies to mine the potential of the untapped biodiversity of the bioactive phenolic compounds in an extensive collection of berry species.

Full exploitation of this unrivalled natural resource requires an integrated and comprehensive effort from bioprospecting in berries using SMART high-throughput screens for the valorization of phenolic bioactivities aligned with their identification using cutting edge analytics (bioprospecting for discovery of novel berry phenolics) and subsequent elucidation of their biosynthetic pathways (characterization of phenolics synthetic pathways). This knowledge will facilitate metabolic engineering of suitable bacterial hosts for high-value phenolics production (bacterial cell factories for the production of berry phenolics) in scalable fermentation bioprocesses (fermentation and bioprocess engineering), ultimately serving as commercial production platforms (expected outcome).
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