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Project ELMO


ELMO – Novel carbohydrate-modifying enzymes for fibre modification


The overall objective of the ELMO project is to provide novel enzymes for the needs of the pulp and paper industry, especially for modification of dissolving grade pulps. We aim to make available new more efficient industrial enzyme products for pulp modification. Processing with these enzymes aims at activating pulp cellulose, thus enhancing pulp dissolution, decreasing hemicellulose content of dissolving pulps and improving pulp refining processes. 

From the scientific point of view, the action of enzymes on cellulosic substrates will be characterized and their effects on fibres studied using advanced analytical tools in order to direct the further development of targeted enzyme tools for pulp applications.


The technical objectives of the ELMO project are to evaluate the application potential of existing and novel enzymes in activation of cellulose pulps for processing, and to demonstrate the production of selected enzymes and enzymatic pulp treatments in a pilot scale.

The scientific objective includes discovering and characterizing novel enzymes for pulp applications from genomic databases. In addition, the mode of action of these enzymes will be elucidated on model substrates and in pulp processing.


ELMO Project is financed in the framework of the fourth joint call of ERA-IB (European Research Area, Industrial Biotechnology), in cooperation with EuroTransBio, launched in February 2013 ( The project is funded by the national funding agencies and the participating companies. The involved funding agencies are:

  • Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation

  • BMBF, Germany

  • NCBuR, Poland

The project partners are:

  • AB Enzymes GmbH, Germany

  • Institute of Biolpolymers and Technical Fibres (IBWCh), Poland

  • ROAL Oy, Finland

  • University of Bielsko-Biala, Poland

  • VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland

The three year project started at March 1st 2014 and its total budget is ca. 1.5 M€.