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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-11-01 - 2024-10-31

The upPE-T project aims upcycling recalcitrant oil-based plastics by bioconversion into biodegradable bioplastic for food and drink packaging production. Plastic packaging, which make up nearly 60% of the total plastic waste in Europe, is highly problematic from a waste management- and environmental- point of view due to their durability and resistance to degradation. Polyethylene (PE) and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are the leading plastic use in food and drink packaging (43% PE and 19% PET). The sustainable management of this plastic waste has become a very challenging problem for global society. In upPE-T we will include sustainable strategies as an alternative for plastic chemical degradation. The consortium will improve PE and PET depolymerization through enzymatic engineering to positively impact food and drink packaging recycling rate and achieving the European Union expected impact. In upPE-T we will turn PE and PET waste streams via enzymatic degradation and microbial assimilation into raw material for the production of biodegradable bioplastics. Finally, together with customers and food and drink brand owners, bio-based end-packaging will be demonstrated and validated to ensure fast market deployment. Additionally, in order to ensure 100% of PE and PET recyclability, plastic rejections not optimal for microbial bioconversion into bioplastics will be valorized by their use in building applications instead of be sent to incineration or landfilling.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-10-01 - 2023-09-30

IgE-associated allergy affects more than 30% of the population and hence is the most common immunologically mediated hypersensitivity disease. The hallmark of allergy is the formation of IgE antibodies against per se innocuous antigens (i.e., allergens) in allergic patients. IgE-allergen immune complexes trigger immediate symptoms of allergic inflammation. The unique feature of this research program is the focus on the molecular characterization of the disease-causing allergens. Clinically relevant allergens will be used to study the mechanisms of allergy in patients, to establish tools for molecular diagnosis and for the investigation of the evolution of allergy in early childhood, to investigate avoidance and vaccination strategies for personalized treatment in the sense of precision medicine and most importantly, to develop allergen-specific prevention strategies such as man-made-reduction of allergen exposure, prophylactic vaccination strategies, and preventive tolerance induction using novel vectors, adjuvants, oral tolerance induction and cell-based strategies. The “Danube Allergy Research Cluster (Danube-ARC)” is an Allergy Research program consisting of 16 research projects. Scientists from the Medical University of Vienna are teaming up with researchers from the country of Lower Austria, i.e. the Austrian Intitute of Technology (AIT, Tulln), the BOKU Departments of Agrobiotechnology (IFA-Tulln) and Crop Sciences (DNW, Tulln) and the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences (KL, Krems, St.Pölten, Tulln).

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