(H2020 ERA-net CoBioTech funded project)

Olive mill wastewater (OMW) is a significant by-product of the food industry of the olive oil producer countries in Mediterranean basin, with a high environmental impact, when not appropriately treated. However, at the same time OMW is rich in organic compounds, which can either be used directly after extraction, or valorized via biocatalytic processes. RHODOLIVE suggests an innovative circular bioeconomy approach for the valorization of this side-stream of the food industry, by treating the OMW with a non-conventional yeast, in order to accumulate and produce microbial lipids, biophenols and carotenoids, which will be used in the development of functional food products.

Project coordinator

Mr. Alper Karakaya, Düzen Biological Sciences R&D and Production, Turkey

Project partners

Prof Blaž Likozar, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia

Dr Marta Benito, Asociación para la Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación del sector Agroalimentario (AIDISA), Spain

Dr Gaetano Perrotta, The Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (ENEA), Italy

Prof Daniel Pleissner, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

Prof Friedrich Herberg and Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis, University of Kassel, Germany

Prof Egils Stalidzans, University of Latvia, Latvia