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HALOFOOD - Decoding lipid profile of saltmarsh halophytes for human consumption and livestock nutrition
Investigador Responsável - Maria Elisabete Alves Maciel
Programa - Observatoire Hommes-Millieux International (OHMI)
Período de Execução - 2016-05-01 - 2017-07-31 (15 Meses)
Entidade Financiadora - CNRS/INEE
Financiamento para o CESAM - 5500 €
Financiamento Total - 5500 €
Instituicão Proponente - Universidade de Aveiro


Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon has one of the largest continuous saltmarshes in Europe, with species distribution following the marsh’s topography. Halophytes are salt tolerant plants holding great potential for different biotechnological applications. To our best knowledge, the lipid composition of autochthonous halophytes colonizing the estuaries and coastal lagoons of Portugal is still unrevealed. HALOFOOD proposal aims to integrate two of the topics proposed by OHM-Estarreja (2016): i) Evolution of the
Relations Between Society and Environment; and ii) Evolution of Biodiversity. Through an interdisciplinary approach and the involvement of the Marinhoa race breeders, the HALOFOOD team aims to decode the lipid profile of Ria de Aveiro saltmarsh halophytes for human consumption and livestock nutrition. Specifically, the goal is to determine the appropriate niche where they grow efficiently to produce good quality food and feed, as well as the best season to collect halophytes richer in bioactive compounds. To reach this goal, the project team, involving Biologists, Chemical Engineers, Biochemists and Pharmaceutical
Scientists, will screen Ria de Aveiro halophytes targeting Salicornia ramosissima (already used for human consumption) and Halimione portulacoides (with potential use for human consumption). In addition, the Baixo Vouga Lagunar area used for livestock production will be will screened for the main halophytes species consumed by the Marinhoa Race. We believe that this innovative approach, through the use of lipidomics, and the science based knowledge to be generated will be broadly disseminated and play a key role in the regional, national and international valorization of halophytes.




Membros neste projecto
Ana Isabel Lillebø
Investigadora
Maria Elisabete Alves Maciel
Investigadora Primcipal
Ricardo Calado
Investigador

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