The aim is to combine fundamental and applied research to develop and identify marine microorganisms useful for biotechnological applications. The fields of interest concern environmental remediation and marine depollution, biomonitoring and bioremediation, the study of microbial communities associated with polluted environments and chronic and acute pollution phenomena (to identify the microorganisms that offer greater application potential in bioremediation), the development of technologies and biotechnologies to be applied to bioremediation, and biosensing for the monitoring of specific compounds. Current research concerns the study of applications in industrial, agricultural and zootechnical fields of microbes of marine origin (also from extreme environments) for bioprocessing, the valorisation of waste from the fishery and aquaculture supply chain for the production of biomolecules of high value added for the production of nutraceuticals, supplements and new molecules with pharmaceutical action, and the identification of enzymes of microbial origin from natural samples (in-silico bioprospecting) useful for biotechnological applications.
Bring together the key players in Blue Biotechnologies in the Mediterranean and increase their innovation capacity and coordination in order to unlock the innovation potential in the field through joint transnational initiatives.
The research activities of the Institute are carried out in the context of research, development and innovation projects, both national and international, based on regional funding programs (POR FEAMPA - Regional Operational Program of the European Maritime Affairs Fisheries Fund and Aquaculture and POR FESR - Regional Operational Program of the European Regional Development Fund) or ministerial (PRIN - Projects of relevant national interest, PNRA - National Research Program in Antarctica, PO FEAMPA - National Operational Program European Maritime Affairs Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund) , programs for European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg), direct funding programs of the European Commission (Horizon2020 and Horizon Europe, Life, JPI - Joint Programming Initiatives, ERA-NET Cofund) and thematic collaboration initiatives managed by international organizations such as, for example , the FAO - GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean). The Institute also develops funded projects in the context of collaborations with private companies in the sectors of the blue economy as well as technology transfer and research results. Research projects, mainly of a collaborative nature, are developed through a wide network of partners that include major Italian and foreign research institutions and universities.