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SPonge Enzymes and Cells for Innovative AppLications


SPECIAL was an EU-funded, 7FP project aiming at delivering breakthrough technologies for the biotechnological production of cellular metabolites and extracellular biomaterials from marine sponges. The consortium united seven world-class research institutions covering a wide range of marine biotechnology-related disciplines and four knowledge-intensive SMEs active in the field of sponge culture, drug development and nanobiotechnology. GAIA participated as a full partner. Besides being involved in sampling and farming activities (RTD), GAIA led the Dissemination and Outreach WP. Launched at the end of 2010, SPECIAL ended in November 2013. 


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Gökalp M, Wijgerde T, Sarà A, de Goeij JM, Osinga R 2019. Development of an Integrated Mariculture for the Collagen-Rich Sponge Chondrosia reniformis. Marine Drugs 17(1):29