Sustainable recovery and biotechnological valorization of medicinal plants wastes - STAIRWAy
Abstract: The aim of the STAIRWAy research project is to develop sustainable recovery procedures of valuable natural compounds from wastes of industrial production processes of medicinal plants.
Specifically, two selected biomass wastes are obtained after extraction of active natural compounds from Serenoa repens Small (saw palmetto) fruits and Cucurbita pepo L. (pumpkin) seeds. These medicinal plants extracts are widely commercialized for the treatment of genito-urinary tract pathologies.
Biocatalytic procedures, based on the use of either whole cell microorganisms or isolated enzymes, will be exploited to selectively manipulate the biomass wastes or selected recovered natural compounds, and to further convert them into high-value derivatives for the nutraceutical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry.
Activity : 01/09/2020 - 01/09/2022