The SWAFAX project is funded by the European Commission under the Capacities Programme (FP7) "Research for the benefit of SME's".
Although polyphenols from land plants are widely used as functional food ingredients and food supplements, seaweed sources have been little studied or exploited. The current project is expected to yield a significant advancement in our understanding of polyphenol content of seaweeds. Importantly, the study will not only provide qualitative and quantitative data on the profile of polyphenols in a number of European seaweed varieties, but also in terms of the bioavailability and biological activity of polyphenolic compounds in seaweeds.
The consortium comprises SME partners; Hebridean Seaweed, Marigot, and Mesosystem, and 3 RTD providers - CyberColloids and Universities of Reading and Ulster.
The project is designed to address a commercial opportunity to obtain bioactive compounds from seaweeds for application in food and health & wellness products and aims to provide a strong portfolio of scientific evidence to underpin the innovation and marketing strategies of the SMEs.
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Coordinator: Professor Ian Rowland, Professor of Human Nutrition, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, UK
EC Project number: 262519
EC Scientific Officer: Ms Raluca Iagher (Raluca.IAGHER@ec.europa.eu)