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CBE JU contribution: €4,479,506.25

Duration: May 2023 – April 2027

Feedstock: hemp, forest residues and other green underexplored biomass feedstocks (nettle and seagrasses)

Main products: edible packaging, antibacterial textiles, and impact-resistant car interior products

The Bio-LUSH project aims to demonstrate a reliable value chain that exploits the cell wall structure of underexplored plant resources in Europe, such as forest residues, marine plants and weeds, to extract high-quality fibers. By combining plant selection, traditional breeding, efficient valorization routes, and advanced fiber characterization, the project ensures the production of high-value fibers with short-term market potential. These fibers are directed towards sustainable bio-based products such as textiles, food packaging, and reinforced composites. The project contributes to retaining the value of the EU’s fibrous biomass and promoting the growth of the European fibrous bio-economy, revitalizing marginal and rural areas affected by desertification or socio-economic difficulties. The extended and circular use of plant biomass also contributes to decarbonization and reduced eutrophication.

  • Developing innovative processes for optimal biomass refining and fibrillation to nanoscale to convert obtained sustainable fibers into functional bio-based materials.
  • Consortium of 12 partners led by Stockholm University
  • Use of hemp, forest residues and other green, underexplored biomass feedstocks (nettle and seagrasses)
  • Traditional breeding improves the agronomical and fiber yield of "novel crops." A nanocellulose quality index ensures effective benchmarking. Advanced characterization data is used for the machine learning-based design of bio-based materials.
  • We will showcase the processing and manufacturing of bio-based products, including edible packaging, antibacterial textiles and impact-resistant car interior products, at TRL5.
  • Utilizing bio-based fibers in composites reduces CO2 emissions, improves policies and decision-making, raises consumer awareness, and influences EU actions.

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Bio-LUSH Project Drives Sustainable Bio-based Innovation and Utilization of Underexploited Biomass Feedstocks

Bio-LUSH, a Horizon Europe project, extracts high-quality fibers from diverse plants, maximizing resource utilization for sustainable bio-based innovation. Supported by CBE JU, it establishes a value chain for sustainable products, driving plant-based solutions for a circular bioeconomy.

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Aji Mathew

Stockholm University
Institutionen för material- och miljökemi 106 91

Stockholm, Sweden


Maja Fišić

Sonje Marinković 18

Novi Sad, Serbia

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