Lupinus mutabilis for Increased Biomass from marginal lands and value for bio-refineries.
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Páll Árnason

Íslensku Íslenska

The Innovation Center Iceland coordinates LIBBIO, a European research project on the Andean Lupin. Lupin has the ability to fix nitrogen, mobilize soil phosphate and has low nutritional requirements for cultivation.

Varieties will be chosen that give high yield of green silage or high yield of seeds which contain 20% oil, more than 40% protein. The remaining materials are carbohydrates, mainly oligosaccharides which can be characterized as “prebiotics”. Andean Lupin will be grown as a summer crop in North-central Europe and as a winter crop in Mediterranean conditions.

Pre-industrial processing is developed and optimized for the lupin, properties of the different fractions are analysed, their advantage for different industrial use is evaluated, and a few products are developed as an example. Social and environmental impact will be evaluated as well as techno-economic viability and effect on farm and biorefinery income.

The estimated project cost is 5 million Euros.

Duration: 2016 - 2020

Role in the project

  • Project coordination.
  • Use of proteins for non-food applications.
  • Use of residuals.

Project partners

  • Landgræðsla ríkisins (IS)
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences (NL)
  • Wageningen University and Research (NL)
  • Louis Bolk Instituut (NL)
  • Color and Brain B.V. (NL)
  • Vandinter Semo B.V. (NL)
  • The German Institute of Food Technologies (DE)
  • The Agricultural Research and Education Centre Raumberg-Gumpenstein (AT)
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ES)
  • Instituto Superior de Agronomia (PT)
  • Lusosem – Produtos Para Agricultura, S.A. (PT)
  • Agricultural University of Athens (GR)
  • The University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Iasi (RO)


This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 720726.

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