FOTOSINTETICA & MICROBIOLOGICA S.r.L
Entity description and role in FUEL4ME
Fotosintetica & Microbiologica Srl (F&M) is a spin-off company of the University of Florence founded in 2004 to exploit the know-how on microalgae physiology and mass cultivation developed by a research group coordinated by Prof. Mario Tredici. The group has developed and tested with different microalgae a variety of closed systems such as the “Green Wall Panel” (patents WO 2004/074423 and WO2011/013104). F&M provides consultancy to private and public entities on microalgae cultivation and applications in agro-environment, and for production of renewable fuels, feeds, functional foods, natural drugs and cosmetics. F&M has a collection of about 1000 microalgal strains isolated from different habitats around the world the majority of which have been characterized for their growth capacity and biochemical composition. F&M laboratories and outdoor experimental facilities are located within the Scientific and Technological Center of the University of Florence in Sesto Fiorentino.
In Fuel4Me, F&M leads WP2 (Translation to outdoors and production) to achieve a reliable production process of lipid production from microalgae cultivated outdoors in flat panels.