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Moredun’s participation in The NeoGiANT project

NeoGiANT  is an innovative project that offers new solutions based on the known potent natural antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of grape marc extracts, due to their arsenal of phytochemicals, in particular their phenolic compounds content, to produce enhanced feed, treatment products and natural sperm preservatives for livestock and aquaculture.

The NeoGiANT project will demonstrate at pre-industrial scale a sustainable natural-based extraction process for the recovery of low-cost polyphenols from white grape marc biomass to produce natural antimicrobial and antioxidant high value products, meeting market trends in feed, pharma and artificial insemination niche sectors with key actors involved in the implementation. These products will satisfy the actual demand for more affordable natural functional products from alternative sources.

Customers demand solutions for animals’ health with no side effects for animals and final consumers. They also demand environmentally friendly products. Natural extracts produced within the NeoGiANT project fulfil these demands. Natural extracts will be produced as an alternative to synthetic compounds with antimicrobial and antioxidant capacities. NeoGiANT products are based on 3 pillars

  1. The use of local biomass sources
  2. Cost-effective, efficient, sustainable production
  3. Functional ingredients obtained in sustainable circular economy production systems

NeoGiANT will validate solutions to ensure sustainable food production in the future, considering the increasingly uncertain environmental conditions and move towards resource-smart, climate-smart and “eco-healthy” production and consumption.

NeoGiANT ingredients key value proposition is developing and testing functionality under the perspective of animal health, reducing environmental impacts and contributing to the circular economy. NeoGiANT final products, which are enhanced feed, natural therapies for animal production and semen extenders will not only avoid the growth of microorganisms but also improve the health and welfare of the animals, increasing profitability.

The project is sustainable at 3 levels: environmental (agri-food by-products as raw material -specifically, grape marc from winemaking- and green technologies (no harmful chemicals, low temperatures, energy efficiency); economical (production process is low cost and zero-waste); and social (NeoGiANT will contribute to the development of local wine producers). The target products to be developed will be designed to control a large number of diseases of paramount importance in animal production, both in livestock (cattle, swine, poultry) and aquaculture. As a result, NeoGiANT aims to provide effective alternatives to the main antibiotics used in farmed animals, contributing to the goal of reducing their use, by using them only to the treatment of severe infections and not as an indiscriminate preventive action. At the same time, the speed of emergence of new antimicrobial resistances (AMR) will be reduced, and existing antimicrobial resistances will be better controlled. The project will contribute to the transition to a non-antibiotics environment, to sustainable food systems, and to the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance, and it is in line with the “One Health approach”.

Project Partners

8 industrial partners, 10 research Institutions & universities and 2 non-profit organisations compose an equilibrated NeoGiANT consortium encompassing 8 European Countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Spain, Poland, Hungary, United Kingdom, Portugal and Germany, and 1 non-EU country: Argentina.

The partners are: University of Santiago de Compostela (coordinator) (Spain), Moredun Research Institute (United Kingdom), Prof. Waclaw Dabrowski Institute of Agriculture and Food Biotechnology Veterinary Research Institute (Poland), Veterinary Research Institute   (Czech Republic), Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Hungary), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), University of Porto – Science Faculty (Portugal), University of La Laguna   (Spain), Asociación Española de Normalización (Spain), University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic), National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Argentina), Asociación Agraria de Jóvenes Agricultores (Spain), Anitom S.L (Belgium), i-Grape Laboratory S.L. (Spain), Contactica S.L (Spain), Nutrition Science (Belgium), CZ VACCINES (Spain), LIFEBIOENCAPSULATION SL (Spain), BIANOR BIOTECH (Spain), MAGAPOR S.L. (Spain).

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