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Title: A New Network for the Advancement of Marine Biotechnology in Europe and Beyond
Authors: Rotter, Ana 
Bacu, Ariola 
Barbier, Michèle 
Bertoni, Francesco 
Bones, Atle M. 
Cancela, M. Leonor 
Carlsson, Jens 
Carvalho, Maria F. 
Cegłowska, Marta 
Dalay, Meltem Conk 
Dailianis, Thanos 
Deniz, Irem 
Drakulovic, Dragana 
Dubnika, Arita 
Einarsson, Hjörleifur 
Erdoğan, Ayşegül 
Eroldoğan, Orhan Tufan 
Ezra, David 
Fazi, Stefano 
FitzGerald, Richard J. 
Gargan, Laura M. 
Gaudêncio, Susana P. 
Ivošević DeNardis, Nadica 
Joksimovic, Danijela 
Kataržytė, Marija 
Kotta, Jonne 
Mandalakis, Manolis 
Matijošytė, Inga 
Mazur-Marzec, Hanna 
Massa-Gallucci, Alexia 
Mehiri, Mohamed 
Nielsen, Søren Laurentius 
Novoveská, Lucie 
Overlingė, Donata 
Portman, Michelle E. 
Pyrc, Krzysztof 
Rebours, Céline 
Reinsch, Thorsten 
Reyes, Fernando 
Rinkevich, Baruch 
Robbens, Johan 
Rudovica, Vita 
Sabotič, Jerica 
Safarik, Ivo 
Talve, Siret 
Tasdemir, Deniz 
Schneider, Xenia Theodotou 
Thomas, Olivier P. 
Toruńska-Sitarz, Anna 
Varese, Giovanna Cristina 
Vasquez Christodoulou, Marlen 
Major Field of Science: Engineering and Technology
Field Category: Chemical Engineering
Keywords: Blue growth;Marine biodiversity and chemodiversity;Marine biotechnology;Marine natural products;Responsible research and innovation;Science communication;Stakeholder engagement;Sustainability
Issue Date: 12-May-2020
Source: Frontiers in Marine Science, 2020, vol. 7, article no. 278
Volume: 7
Journal: Frontiers in Marine Science 
Abstract: Marine organisms produce a vast diversity of metabolites with biological activities useful for humans, e.g., cytotoxic, antioxidant, anti-microbial, insecticidal, herbicidal, anticancer, pro-osteogenic and pro-regenerative, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-coagulant, cholesterol-lowering, nutritional, photoprotective, horticultural or other beneficial properties. These metabolites could help satisfy the increasing demand for alternative sources of nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals, food, feed, and novel bio-based products. In addition, marine biomass itself can serve as the source material for the production of various bulk commodities (e.g., biofuels, bioplastics, biomaterials). The sustainable exploitation of marine bio-resources and the development of biomolecules and polymers are also known as the growing field of marine biotechnology. Up to now, over 35,000 natural products have been characterized from marine organisms, but many more are yet to be uncovered, as the vast diversity of biota in the marine systems remains largely unexplored. Since marine biotechnology is still in its infancy, there is a need to create effective, operational, inclusive, sustainable, transnational and transdisciplinary networks with a serious and ambitious commitment for knowledge transfer, training provision, dissemination of best practices and identification of the emerging technological trends through science communication activities. A collaborative (net)work is today compelling to provide innovative solutions and products that can be commercialized to contribute to the circular bioeconomy. This perspective article highlights the importance of establishing such collaborative frameworks using the example of Ocean4Biotech, an Action within the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) that connects all and any stakeholders with an interest in marine biotechnology in Europe and beyond.
ISSN: 2296-7745
DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00278
Rights: © Rotter, Bacu, Barbier, Bertoni, Bones, Cancela, Carlsson, Carvalho, Cegłowska, Dalay, Dailianis, Deniz, Drakulovic, Dubnika, Einarsson, Erdogan, Eroldo ˘ gan, Ezra, Fazi, FitzGerald, Gargan, Gaudêncio, Ivoševi ˘ ´c DeNardis, Joksimovic, Kataržyte, Kotta, Mandalakis, Matijošyt ˙ e, Mazur-Marzec, Massa- ˙ Gallucci, Mehiri, Nielsen, Novoveská, Overlinge, Portman, Pyrc, Rebours, Reinsch, ˙ Reyes, Rinkevich, Robbens, Rudovica, Sabotiˇc, Safarik, Talve, Tasdemir, Schneider, Thomas, Torunska-Sitarz, Varese and Vasquez. This is an open-access article ´ distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Type: Article
Affiliation : National Institute of Biology 
University of Tirana 
Institute for Science and Ethics 
Institute of Oncology Research 
Norwegian University of Science and Technology 
University of Algarve 
University College of Dublin 
University of Porto 
Polish Academy of Sciences 
Ege University 
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research 
Manisa Celal Bayar University 
University of Montenegro 
Riga Technical University 
University of Akureyri 
Cukurova University 
ARO The Volcani Center 
Water Research Institute 
University of Limerick 
University of Lisbon 
Ruđer Boškoviċ Institute 
Klaipeda University 
University of Tartu 
Vilnius University 
University of Gdansk 
AquaBioTech Group 
University Nice Côte d’Azur 
Roskilde University 
Scottish Marine Institute 
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology 
Jagiellonian University 
Møreforsking Ålesund AS 
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel 
Fundación MEDINA 
National Institute of Oceanography 
Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture 
University of Latvia 
Jožef Stefan Institute 
University of South Bohemia Ceske Budejovice 
Palacký University 
Ministry of Rural Affairs 
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research 
University of Kiel 
XPRO Consulting Limited 
National University of Ireland 
University of Turin 
Cyprus University of Technology 
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