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
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 (http://www.era-ib.net/).
The project is funded by the national funding agencies and the participating
companies. The involved funding agencies are:
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.