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Project Overview

Within SaliChem, the goal is to achieve a complete process chain by:


  • Understanding where and how to grow halophytes in Europe (results can be extrapolated to a global perspective)
  • Optimizing the extraction of biological active plant extracts for the pharmaceutical and food industry
  • Valorizing residual biomass through sequential utilization for chemicals and energy production through biorefinery and biogas applications, respectively


For all steps the theoretical, technical, practical and economical aspects are taken into account. Multiple halophytes will be evaluated in a first screening and promising species for the complete valorization chain. Recommendations will be established for their use depending on location, cultivation capabilities and end-usage options.

Using the generated knowledge it is possible to generate new concepts of crop cultivation in areas that are unused today and that will become salinized in the future.