BioSupPack will take part to the 30th edition of the European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (EUBCE), one of the world’s largest biomass conference and exhibition, that will take place online from 9 to 12 May 2022. During the conference, over 2,000 experts from both academia and industry will share and discuss groundbreaking ideas, technologies, applications, and solutions for the sourcing, production, and utility of biomass.

Bringing together the greatest minds and latest advancements in biomass, each year EUBCE aims to accelerate research and market uptake across the globe. The event, whose scientific programme is coordinated by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, will see this year’s edition being complemented by Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU)’s efficacy at identifying innovation, stimulating investment, and mobilising the bio-based industry sector which will represent an excellent opportunity to address even more stakeholders globally through the conference.

BioSupPack’s abstract, “Valorisation of Brewer’s Spent Grain for Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) Production Via Fermentation”, will be presented on 12 May 2022, during the topic’s session “Biorefinery Platforms for Bio-based Chemicals and Polymers” that will take place at 12:50 – 13:40 CEST (accessible online, for those who registered to EUBCE 2022, through the code 6CV.7).

Chrysanthi Argeiti, from the Agricultural University of Athens, will explain how the BSG, the main by-product derived from the brewing industry, can be considered as a promising feedstock for the biotechnological production of bio-based P3HB. The audience will be informed of how BSG comprises a material with high carbohydrates content, resulting in hydrolysates rich in fermentable sugars and of the fact that an efficient enzymatic hydrolysis strategy has been developed by employing a mixture of different commercial enzymes (produced hydrolysate consists of glucose (56 %), xylose (38 %) and arabinose (6 %)). It will be explained that efficient P3HB production has been achieved when neutral and alkaline pre-treatment of BSG, prior to enzymatic hydrolysis, was performed, that DSP process for the extraction of intracellular P3HB has been developed with the utilization of green solvents, leading to high P3HB purity and recovery yields, if compared to the conventional methods, and that he most promising results were obtained when enzymatic cell lysis was employed prior to 1,3-dioxolane treatment. As future work during the BioSupPack project, it will also be highlighted that air cold plasma BSG-pretreatment will be developed, targeting the removal of lignin fraction in order for the subsequent enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose and hemicellulose to be more efficient.

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