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Horizon 2020 Funding Success for CMBB


CMBB's Dr Tony Gutierrez, as part of an international consortium led by a team at Heriot-Watt University, has been successful in securing the School of Life Sciences largest ever research grant.

The MARISURF project hopes that, with the aid of a €4.8m grant from Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation, their work can contribute towards an increasing demand for natural and 'environmentally friendly' ingredients, as well as changing government legislation.

The Heriot-Watt team involves scientists from three different disciplines from the School of Life Sciences: Prof. Mihalis Panagiotidis, working in Human Health, Dr Tony Gutierrez working in Marine Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology, and Dr Stephen Euston, working in Food and Nutrition.

They will lead the charge to identify novel surface active agents (SAs) or surfactants and emulsifiers from the unique collection of over 700 different strains of marine micro-organisms collected from coastal and open ocean environments by Dr Gutierrez.

The team have already demonstrated the potential for some of there organisms in converting natural feed stocks, including waste bio-products, into a range of sustainable and natural chemical compounds which could be used to replace traditional SAs and emulsifiers.

Read more about the project on the HW news pages or contact Dr Tony Gutierrez.