Recently, the forestry industry started to face instability (employment, sources, and markets). Innovation has been identified to stimulate this industry by focussing on diversification and new markets entries. Currently, wood processing by-products (i.e. bark) are essentially used to produce energy through combustion or are buried on dedicated sites. However, these by-products are known to be a source of bioactive molecules. The valorisation of this biomass is a promising avenue for Quebec forestry and wood processing companies to gain in profitability. Indeed, the growing interest for bioactive ingredients are driven by an actual need for new bioactive natural compounds from nutraceutical, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and food industries. Several extracts show physicochemical and biological properties that could replace numbers of chemical biocides. The global chemical biocides market is about 50 billion dollars.
In this industrial context, the CRBM, SEREX and 4 private companies in Quebec (Groupe de Scierie GDS, Sani Marc, Bio ForeXtra and Ethanol Greenfield) initiated research and development collaboration. The positive results about the antimicrobial activities of the extracts, obtained by a multifactorial plan, encouraged this consortium "private - research institutions" to continue the scientific work to allow industrial partners to improve the integration of these extracts in their products or processes.
By pursuing the improvement of this innovative and promising strategy in Quebec it will contribute to the sustainability of the forestry industry.
$ 150 000
Groupe De Scieries GDS
Greenfield Global Quebec inc.
Centre de recherche sur les biotechnologies marines (CRBM)