From an under-used biomass in the primary sector to tailormade solutions for high added value international market applications
Main project goal
The goal of OLEAF4VALUE is to set up the basis of six smart value chains based on a newly developed 4.0 concept: Smart Dynamic Multi-Valorisation-Route Biorefinery (SAMBIO) for the cascade valorisation of the olive leaf biomass according to its initial composition (Biomass Suitability Index – BSI).
The challengeOlive leaves: biomass underexploited
Olive leaves: Biomass underexploited
Currently, 4,5 million tons of olive leaves are produced annually in the world by the olive oil industry, biomass high in added value bioactive components.
This biomass is nowadays underexploited, being burnt in the fields, given to the cattle, or, in some cases, burned to produce energy.
The opportunityOlive leaves: high valorisation potential
Olive leaves: high valorisation potentialOlive leaves have a great potential for valorisation derived from their high content in bioactive compounds and an abundant lignocellulosic fraction.
The industry is seeking a solution that makes the whole valorisation process stable and economically feasible.
The impactOlive leaves: OLEAF4VALUE
Sustainability and market value
OLEAF4VALUE will set the basis of an industrial stable supply chain able to valorise olive pruning leaves (OPL) and olive mill leaves (OML) in a cost-effective way.
The project will give a new life to olive leaves, solving the problem of its removal from the fields while obtaining high added value bioactive compounds with high-market potential.
Our project partners
OLEAF4VALUE counts with 16 project partners from 9 EU countries
OLEAF4VALUE will give a new life to olive leaves, solving the problem of its removal from the fields while obtaining high added value bioactive compounds with high-market potential.
Project news and articles
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OLEAF4VALUE partners: meet IMR!
At the Institute of Marine Research, experts in nutrition and fish health are investigating whether extracts from olive leaves can modulate resilience to viral diseases. The hypothesis is that by including olive leaf extracts
Mibelle Explores Liposomal Applications in the OLEAF4VALUE Project
We are at Mibelle involved in the Oleaf4Value project in possible encapsulations and formulations of the different extracts, focusing in the generation for liposomes towards market applications.A liposome is a small vesicle composed of a
MLU is screening the bioactivity of olive leaf extracts using a small model organism
The MLU uses the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (figure 1) as a simple and well-established model organism to analyze the bioactivity of olive leaf extracts. The different extracts generated in the OLEAF4VALUE project