CichOpt focuses on four different crops in the Cichorium genus that are of major economic importance in Europe: industrial chicory grown for insulin extraction; and Belgian endive, Radicchio Rosso and Endive, grown as leaf vegetables.
The biomass from these crops is interesting as a feedstock for the bio-economy because they are rich in the following valuable target compounds: dietary fibers (DF) and free sugars (both relevant for food applications, materials), and the bioactive sesquiterpene lactones (SL) and polyphenols (PP) (relevant for food, beverages, cosmetic applications). In addition, significant volumes of by-products and waste fractions are available which remain currently underutilised.
The overall aim of CichOpt is to develop innovative biorefinery processing schemes to turn different underutilised Cichorium biomass streams (multi-input) into fractions with high added value which can be used in a wide range of applications, ranging from food & drink applications over cosmetics to biomaterials (multi-output).
*At the time of the proposal. Please consider this data as an accurate estimate; it may vary during the project’s lifespan.
Total costs include in kind contribution by grant holders and can therefore be higher than the total requested funding.