Norway is in a unique position regarding marine biomass and these resources play an important role in our economy. The potential for value creation based on marine resources is however currently underexploited, and there is a need for development of new enabling technologies for realizing this potential.
Marine polysaccharides of high commercial value are present in biomass that is of strategic importance for Norway. Polysaccharides have remarkable structural diversity providing specific properties and functions. They are attractive alternatives to oil based polymers in utilizing renewable resources, being biodegradable, and they can be designed with a large diversity of higher order structures.
The main goal of MARPOL is to develop innovative biomaterials by enzyme technology for modification and upgrading of polysaccharides from marine resources. This will increase quality and value of the polysaccharides and improve utilization of the relevant biomasses in a sustainable way. The polysaccharides to be focused on in MARPOL are chitin/chitosan from crustaceans, and alginate, fucoidan, ascophyllan and laminaran from brown algae.
MARPOL is financed by: