The BacHBerry project will 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. It is a three-year collaborative project, which started November 1st, 2013. It is funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP7) with a total budget of 9.5 million euros.
This project will address several major challenges with regard to discovery of new plant phenolics (in berry species) displaying bioactive properties of importance for pharma and food industries; their production in metabolically optimized GRAS bacterial hosts and the pre-commercial production of the high-value phenolics by scalable fermentation. To generate the sustainable pipeline of environmentally-friendly methods to enable production of pharma and agrochemical products with bioactive properties from berry fruits, the consortium has established the following technical and scientific goals:
By achieving these objectives, the consortium will be able to demonstrate the advantages of both the source of bioactive compounds and of the methodologies used, towards the development of chain of sustainable processes for large scale production of berry phenolics with high market demand.