The European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence (EPNOE) research roadmap 2040 : Advanced strategies for exploiting the vast potential of polysaccharides as renewable bioresources

Martin Gericke, Adérito J.R. Amaral, Tatiana Budtova, Pieter De Wever, Thomas Groth, Thomas Heinze, Herman Höfte, Anton Huber, Olli Ikkala, Janusz Kapuśniak, Rupert Kargl, João F. Mano, Már Másson, Pietro Matricardi, Bruno Medronho, Magnus Norgren, Tiina Nypelö, Laura Nyström, Anna Roig, Michael SauerHenk A. Schols, John van der Linden, Tanja M. Wrodnigg, Chunlin Xu, Gleb E. Yakubov, Karin Stana Kleinschek*, Pedro Fardim

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Abstract

Polysaccharides are among the most abundant bioresources on earth and consequently need to play a pivotal role when addressing existential scientific challenges like climate change and the shift from fossil-based to sustainable biobased materials. The Research Roadmap 2040 of the European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence (EPNOE) provides an expert's view on how future research and development strategies need to evolve to fully exploit the vast potential of polysaccharides as renewable bioresources. It is addressed to academic researchers, companies, as well as policymakers and covers five strategic areas that are of great importance in the context of polysaccharide related research: (I) Materials & Engineering, (II) Food & Nutrition, (III) Biomedical Applications, (IV) Chemistry, Biology & Physics, and (V) Skills & Education. Each section summarizes the state of research, identifies challenges that are currently faced, project achievements and developments that are expected in the upcoming 20 years, and finally provides outlines on how future research activities need to evolve.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121633
Pages (from-to)1-31
Number of pages31
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Volume326
Early online date6 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2024
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Bioeconomy
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical applications
  • Food and nutrition
  • Polysaccharides

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