The launch event of the AgriWasteValue Interreg North-West Europe project was held on Wednesday, 11th of December 2019 at the Domaine Chant d’Eole, close to the city of Mons, Belgium.
The project, coordinated by URD-ABI AgroParisTech, aims to transform agricultural by-products and residues into bioactive compounds used in key industrial sectors such as comestic, nutraceutic and energy.
The very first promising results were presented in front of an audience of sixty people (academics, enterprises, growers and journalists) and the day ended up with a cutting demo in the Chant d’Eole vineyard..
URD ABI was at SINAL Exhibition, a professional meeting dedicated to biobased molecules and products. It was a great opportunity for our business development manager, Kévin Magnien, to meet new potential partners, especially for two of the four ABI’s business units (“biomaterials and biopolymers” and “building blocks and fine chemicals”). ABI shared a booth with its CEBB partners, URCA, CentraleSupélec and Neoma BS.
It is with great honor and pleasure that we announce the appointment of Prof. Gil Garnier (from Monash University) as an Invited Professor at AgroParisTech and his affiliation with the URD ABI - AgroParisTech
Gil, welcome to the ABI family!
In November, the Plant BioProTech Symposium was held in Marrakech. This event, organized by the IRA, RIBP (URCA) and INRA Morocco, was an opportunity for participants to discuss about plant bioprotection.
On this occasion, Julien Couvreur, engineer in biotechnology, presented the EnzyTurf project, a collaboration between Soufflet and URD ABI, dealing with a novel enzymatic and eco-friendly solution of dethatching to maintain sport field.
Pr. Florent Allais participated in the roundtable discussion on the promotion of renewable carbon and academic /industrial partnerships during the Plant Industry technical day organized by the "Agrosciences, environment, biotechnologies and bioeconomy" cluster. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss and debate with ABI partners such as FARE, European Biomass, the IAR cluster, the RIBP team and RITTMO Agroenvironment.”
It is with great honor and pleasure that we announce the appointment of Professor John Warner, father of Green Chemistry with Prof. Paul Anastas, as an Invited Professor at AgroParisTech and his affiliation with the URD ABI – AgroParisTech. John, welcome to the ABI family!
During three days at the University of Warwick campus, each BoostCrop partner presented its preliminary results to the consortium. URD ABI’s work on the synthesis of novel phenolic and heterocyclic “molecular heaters” were presented by Benjamin Rioux and Florent Allais. They showcased the green syntheses of various new families of molecules exhibiting exciting properties. The interest of our partners in these molecules led to fruitful discussions.
On November, 5th CEBB organized a technical day on Eco-extraction with industrials and universities. Eco-extraction is based on the discovery and design of extraction processes to reduce energy consumption, use alternative solvents and favor renewable plant resources, to produce molecules with high added value. It was a great opportunity for ABI to present its research as part of the Agriwastevalue Interreg project. Valentin Reungoat, graduate student from ABI in collaboration with Extractis, presented his first results on sinapine extraction.
URD ABI appoints Julien Couvreur, an engineer at URD ABI, as Sustainable development and Societal responsibility officer to ensure the proper application of AgroParisTech’s global environmental and societal policy at the local level.
December 11, 2019 Domaine du Chant d'Eole, Grand Route 58, 7040 Quévy-le-Grand (Belgium)
On Wednesday, 11th December, AgriWasteValue consortium invites you to the kick-off of the project. The AgriWasteValue project aims to transform agricultural by-products and residues from the European North-West regions into bioactive compounds in order to use them in key industrial sectors such as the cosmetic and nutraceutical fields.
Don't hesitate to register for this free event to discover an international and on-trend research!
- 10:00am Welcome of participants
- 10:30am Presentation of the project, Cédric Peyrot and Clémence Rotolo, AgroParisTech Innovation
- 11:00am Presentation of the screening work in extraction and some target molecules
- 11:00am Discovery of new antiparasitic compounds from temperate tree barks, Pierre Darme, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne
- 11:20am Investigation of bioactive components from apple, grape and pear agricultural residues, Job Tchoumtchoua, Celabor
- 11:40am Where to get this raw material locally?, Cor Van Oers, Delphy and Pierre-Louis Bombeck, ValBiom asbl
- 12pm Lunch and networking
- 1:30pm Intervention of Roquette, global leader in plant-based ingredients and pioneer of new vegetal proteins in the cosmetic and nutraceutical fields.
- 2:00pm Presentation of the Chant d'Eole's vineyard
- 2:20pm Visit of the vineyard and demonstration for pruning and tasting (in French or English)
- 3:30pm Meeting with project partners
- 4:30pm End of the event
Pr. Robert Mathers presented his research works on the evaluation of the hydrophobicity of (macro)molecules. The terms hydrophobic and hydrophilic find numerous uses throughout many disciplines of science. Indeed, these concepts provide a framework for understanding a variety of physical phenomena in chemistry, biochemistry, and polymer science. Generally, the notion of hydrophobicity is intuitively recognized, but often difficult to quantify prior to experiments. Inspired by advances in the fields of medicinal and physical chemistry as well as Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulations, this presentation will examine efforts to create a unified method to predict and tailor the hydrophobicity of macromolecular structures using computational partition coefficients (LogP).
On October, 17th Pr. Florent Allais gave a talk on how wood can be transformed into high value added chemicals, polymers and materials as part of a round table during the 1st Accélérateur PME/ETI filière bois co-organized by CSF Bois, French Ministry of Agriculture, Interprofession France Bois Forêt and CODIFAB.
On October, 15th URD ABI and ICMR (URCA) presented the AgriWasteValue Interreg project at the event organized by the Comité Champagne in Epernay. The day was devoted to vine wood and the relationship between pruning or grubbing-up service providers and solution providers. This event was also an opportunity to exchange with champagne houses, independent wine growers and other vineyard service providers.
On October, 10th Pr. Florent Allais, Kevin Magnien and Dr. Grégoire Burgé were at the 5th edition of Bpifrance Inno Generation, the largest European professional business event gathering 52,000 visitors at the AccorHotels Arena.
As part of a round table, Prof. Florent Allais, along with representatives from the companies Tereos, Lactips, Carbios, the venture capital firm Soffinova, discussed with Antoine Peeters of the IAR cluster on the bioeconomy as a sustainable response to the ecological transition.
On October, 6th URD ABI and CEBB, represented by Gaëlle Willig and Maxime Langlait, participated to "Le village des Sciences" at Planétarium to teach science and more particularly agro resources to general public.
On October, 10th Kévin Magnien (ABI) and Nicolas Béfort (NEOMA Business School) gave a conference on "Vers une bioéconomie! Les enjeux scientifiques, économiques et de soutenabilité d'une nouvelle économie soutenable"
On Tuesday, 24th September, Thomas Marié – a graduate student at ICMR and URD ABI, defended his thesis dedicated to the extraction, functionalization and fractionation of stilbenoids from vine cell culture.
AgroParisTech's Industrial Agro-Biotechnologies (ABI) R&D unit was strongly involved throughout the 73rd edition of “Foire de Châlons"
Professor Florent Allais, director of the URD ABI, met with the Minister of Agriculture, Didier Guillaume. This was the opportunity to present the research work carried out in the European Center for Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (CEBB) and especially those in partnership with the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne (URCA) and INRA.
A dedicated day around agrosciences, environment, biotechnology and bioeconomy took place on Thursday, September 5th at the “URCA & associated institutions” booth to raise public awareness on the academic research projects developed in Champagne Ardenne around valorisation and plant transformation.
Mathilde Grandchamp, research engineer and head of the Crop Health business unit at URD ABI also participated in a round table on "biocontrol or how to protect your crops sustainably? ". It was an opportunity to meet and discuss with local stakeholders (ARD, Planet A, URCA, IAR cluster) biocontrol and present this new research topic of URD ABI.
On September 6th was held the dedication of IHEDA (gathering University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, AgroParisTech, the CNAM and NEOMA Business School), an insitute dedicated to the High Studies of Agriculture for the youth of the sensitization, the mobilization, the gathering of the professionals In order to answer the expectations of the XXI century we had to assume the role of nurturer to take a process in the process of changing societies, preserving our planet and participating in the fight against global warming
Finally, "Foire de Châlons" was also the opportunity to launch the ADEME-funded METHAGRID collaborative project on the development of a biological hydrogen methanation process resulting from the gasification of biomass. This project is supported by AgroParisTech's URD ABI and coordinated by the start-up TMA Process and in partnership with CentraleSupélec, ARD, Cristal-Union and GRT-GAZ.
August 27, 2019 Gilles Trystram (AgroParisTech CEO), Guillaume Gellé (President of the Champagne-Ardenne University), and Philippe Mauguin (CEO of INRA) signed a framework agreement for scientific cooperation between their three institutions. The event took place in the presence of the president of the Grand Est region, several parliamentarians, and many elected representatives of local authorities and representatives of the academic and professional worlds.
This agreement allows the reinforcement of cooperation between these three institutions in the Reims region, already illustrated by the links they maintain in research and innovation (for AgroParisTech with the URD Agro-Biotechnologies Industrielles within the European Center for Biotechnology and Bioeconomy aka CEBB) as well as in teaching (in particular URCA accreditation for the ABIES doctoral school, collaboration between AgroParisTech and URCA in the BIOCEB European Master who has just been selected for funding by the European Union).
Pr. Florent Allais and Pr. Richard Gross, respectivelyvice-chair and chair, made this very first edition of this GRC a success. It was also the opportunity for Dr. Louis Mouterde to present a poster entitled “From Sawdust to High Value-Added Chemicals: a Sustainable Access to Chiral Lactones” that described the valorization of Levoglucosenone to valuable synthons and end-products developed at the URD ABI.
This event was sponsored by the CEBB, the Grand Reims community, the Grand Est region, the SFR Condorcet, AgroParisTech and ADM to name a few.
Bioceb consists in a dedicated 4-semester MSc joint curriculum, with a core in-depth training in biotechnology encompassing biological resource diversity and optimal use, bioprocess design and upscaling, and biobased products engineering for targeted markets, with complementary focus on soft skills including project management.
In order to promote the development of sustainable and circular bioeconomy systems, the program goes beyond the biomass processing technical issues, by providing knowledge of green chemistry principles, tools for socio-economic and environmental assessment, experience of facing real-life bioeconomy challenges through projects and examples of flexible biorefinery systems adapted to local contexts.
To deliver Bioceb vision, five European Higher Education Institutions pool complementary competences and approaches, all converging on the development of biotechnologies in the context of bioeconomy:
Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech) – France, University of Reims-Champagne-Ardenne (URCA) – France, Aalto University – Finland, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) – Estonia, University of Liège (ULiège) – Belgium