MACSSFT: Development of a Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation Technology for Valorisation of Ulva spp. from Macroalgal Blooms

Project: Externally funded research

Project Details


Uncontrolled macroalgal blooms are on the rise, partly due to the increased eutrophication of the marine environment caused by anthropomorphic industrial and agricultural activities. The green opportunistic macroalgae genus Ulva thrives in such conditions accounting for over half of global blooms. While environmental and economic problems are associated with these blooms, the biomass generated could be economically rewarding if utilised appropriately. The EU-funded MACSSFT project will develop a suitable technology to saccharify both ulvan and cellulose from the biomass and ferment all monosaccharides present in the hydrolysate to value-added products. Novel and commercial enzymes will be trialled for saccharification and fermentation optimised to minimise resource inputs and generate minimum waste streams. The developed process could be used industrially.

Effective start/end date01 Sept 202131 Aug 2024


  • Horizon 2020 (H2020-MSCA-IF-2020-101033286): £286,790.55

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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