WAGENINGEN                             University & Research

Contact: Dr. Ingrid (I.M.) van der Meer


Stichting Wageningen Research (St WR) is one of the two legal entities of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) together with the Wageningen University. A staff of 6,500 and 11,000 students from over 100 countries from everywhere around the world work in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community-at-large. Two research institutes of Wageningen Research participate in this project.

Wageningen Plant Research (W-PR) is the largest plant research institute in The Netherlands and conducts multidisciplinary research in the fields of breeding, agronomy, plant metabolic processes, genomics, bioinformatics and plant-environment interactions. Together with plant research related chairs from Wageningen University it forms the Plant Sciences Group, which is part of Wageningen University & Research. W-PR plays an important role in many national and international genomics initiatives, including the Centre for BioSystems Genomics (CBSG), Top Institute Green Genetics in which functional genomics and bioinformatics research programs have been established with a key aim to identify complex genetic and biochemical mechanisms underlying quality traits.

Role and main tasks within the project:

W-PR is coordinator of the Project. Furthermore, W-PR focuses mainly on inulin biosynthesis in the further breeding and selection of high rubber and inulin producing lines (WP2) and will perform inulin (profile) analysis (WP2, 3). In WP4, W-PR will have a supporting task in the identification on DNA level of gene flow. W-PR uses her knowledge and expertise from the EU-FAIR and subsequent research projects on inulin biosynthesis genes and regulation in chicory, and from the EU-Pearls project on rubber synthesis proteins and genes. W-PR has expertise and state-of-the-art facilities for plant component analysis (sugar analysis, metabolomics and proteomics) and DNA sequencing, supported by a large bioinformatics group.

Contact: Frans Kappen


Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (W-FBR) provides fundamental, strategic and applied research to enable rapid application of academic knowledge to the market. The Business Unit Biobased Products has a strong focus on primary streams of biomass and bioresidues to produce sustainable industrial raw materials, green chemicals (added value products) and bioenergy. W-FBR is active in many national and international initiatives including DPI (Dutch Polymer Institute), Algeaparc, BEBasic and has set-up the BPM (Biobased Performance Materials) program consisting of several universities, institutes and over 40 industrial partners aiming at high value products based on renewable resources in eight defined projects.

Role and main tasks within the project:

W-FBR focuses on bio-refinery concepts, rubber extraction and purification (WP5) and evaluation of products and materials (WP6). W-FBR will use her knowledge and experience from the EU-Pearls project (TKS processing and rubber extraction and analysis) in this field to support the industries in their developments. Moreover, W-FBR has excellent facilities for analyses and testing of biomass and (polymeric) products.