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A New Network for the Advancement of Marine Biotechnology in Europe and Beyond

Rotter, Ana; Bacu, Ariola; Barbier, Michèle; Bertoni, Francesco; Bone, Atle M.; Cancela, M. Leonor; Carlsson, Jens; Carvalho, Maria F.; Cegłowska, Marta; Conk Dalay, Meltem; Dailianis, Thanos; Deniz, Irem; Drakulovic, Dragana; Dubnika, Arita; Einarsson, Hjörleifur; Erdoğan, Ayşegül; Eroldoğan, Orhan Tufan; Ezra, David; Fazi, Stefano; FitzGerald, Richard J.; Gargan, Laura M.; Gaudêncio, Susana P.; Ivošević DeNardis, Nadica; Joksimovic, Danijela; Kataržytė, Marija; Kotta, Jonne; Mandalakis, Manolis; Matijošytė, Inga; Mazur-Marzec, Hanna; Massa-Gallucci, Alexia; Mehiri, Mohamed; Nielsen, Søren Laurentius; Novoveská, Lucie; Overlingė, Donata; Portman, Michelle E.; Pyrc, Krzysztof; Rebours, Céline; Reinsch, Thorsten; Reyes, Fernando; Rinkevich, Baruch; Robbens, Johan; Rudovica, Vita; Sabotič, Jerica; Safarik, Ivo; Talve, Siret; Tasdemir, Deniz; Theodotou Schneider, Xenia; Thomas, Olivier P.; Toruńska-Sitarz, Anna; Varese, Giovanna Cristina; Vasquez, Marlen I. (2020) A New Network for the Advancement of Marine Biotechnology in Europe and Beyond. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7 . pp. 1-9. ISSN 2296-7745

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Marine organisms produce a vast diversity of metabolites with biological activities useful for humans, e.g. cytotoxic, antioxidant, anti- microbial, insecticidal, herbicidal, anticancer, pro-osteogenic and pro-regenerative, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-coagulant, cholesterol- lowering, nutritional, photoprotective, horticultural or other beneficial properties. These metabolites could help satisfy the increasing demand for alternative sources of nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals, food, feed, and novel bio-based products. In addition, marine biomass itself can serve as the source material for the production of various bulk commodities (e.g. biofuels, bioplastics, biomaterials). The sustainable exploitation of marine bio-resources and the development of biomolecules and polymers are also known as the growing field of marine biotechnology. Up to now, over 35, 000 natural products have been characterized from marine organisms, but many more are yet to be uncovered, as the vast diversity of biota in the marine systems remains largely unexplored. Since marine biotechnology is still in its infancy, there is a need to create effective, operational, inclusive, sustainable, transnational and transdisciplinary networks with a serious and ambitious commitment for knowledge transfer, training provision, dissemination of best practices and identification of the emerging technological trends through science communication activities. A collaborative (net)work is today compelling to provide innovative solutions and products that can be commercialized to contribute to the circular bioeconomy. This perspective article highlights the importance of establishing such collaborative frameworks using the example of Ocean4Biotech, an Action within the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) that connects all and any stakeholders with an interest in marine biotechnology in Europe and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: marine biotechnology ; marine natural products ; blue growth ; marine biodiversity and chemodiversity ; responsible research and innovation ; stakeholder engagement ; science communication ; sustainability
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences
Divisions: Division for Marine and Enviromental Research
Depositing User: Nadica Ivošević DeNardis
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2020 12:37
DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00278

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