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Bioactive molecules from marine plant biomasses

Teacher
Semester
Semester 3
Credits
3

The course includes the following topics

Introduction: utilisation of marine plants worldwide, chemo-diversity and sectors which use marine plants.
Chapter 1: Global overview of the marine plants industry in France, Europe and in the world: definitions, types of resources (harvested, cultivated resources together with beaching), markets, value chains, culture versus harvesting following countries with case studies in occidental and oriental countries (for seaweeds).
Chapter 2: The different industrial sectors which use marine plants: general properties, specificities of marine ingredients, classical and innovative uses 
Chapter 3: focus on phenolic compounds: extraction, purification, quantification and biological activities, innovative and green processes for their extraction/purification, applications in cosmetic, agrifood and medical industries
Chapter 4: focus on carbohydrates (mono-, di- and polysaccharides): extraction, purification, quantification and biological activities, innovative and green processes for their extraction/purification, applications in cosmetic and medical industries
Chapter 5: focus on marine lipids (terpens, fatty acids,…): extraction, purification, quantification and biological activities, applications in fouling industries and use as natural conservatives.
Chapter 6: innovations in relation with researches on marine plants. Cosmetic Ingredients and formulation: theory and practical way to obtain a cosmetic product.

 

Final Competencies

1  Learning outcomes for students are to obtain a comprehensive vision, in a context of sustainable and innovative researches:  

  • of the macroalgal and halophytes industries at different scales (France, Europe and worldwide)  
  • on the possibilities to valurise marine plants  
  • on the application of biotechnological processes in the domain of marine sciences
  • on biological assays which could be carried out along the research of innovative marine ingredients 
  • on the formulation of ingredients.

2  Students will also acquire:

  • the ability to transpose data/concepts of the scientific literature into R & D approaches integrating scaling-up.
  • the capacity to bind extractive and purification processes and their uses, depending on the needs of industrials.

Additional in formation regarding the teaching methods

The course will be held in form of lectures, case studies, analysis of scientific papers. A workshop will be organised during which students will work in small groups under the guidance of the teaching professor. Review essays will be used to develop critical assessment of the primary literature. All courses will be available on-line. A SME visit (cosmetic or aquaculture) will be organised, together with a visit of the Biodimar platform (UBO)

Further course information can be found here: https://studiekiezer.ugent.be/studiefiche/en/C004328/2021