The role of environmental biotechnology in exploring, exploiting, monitoring, preserving, protecting and decontaminating the marine environment

Nicolas Kalogerakis*, Johanne Arff, Ibrahim M. Banat, Ole Jacob Broch, Daniele Daffonchio, Torgeir Edvardsen, Harkaitz Eguiraun, Laura Giuliano, Aleksander Handå, Karmele López-de-Ipiña, Ionan Marigomez, Iciar Martinez, Gunvor Øie, Fernando Rojo, Jorunn Skjermo, Giulio Zanaroli, Fabio Fava

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Abstract

In light of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the EU Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, environmental biotechnology could make significant contributions in the exploitation of marine resources and addressing key marine environmental problems. In this paper 14 propositions are presented focusing on (i) the contamination of the marine environment, and more particularly how to optimize the use of biotechnology-related tools and strategies for predicting and monitoring contamination and developing mitigation measures; (ii) the exploitation of the marine biological and genetic resources to progress with the sustainable, eco-compatible use of the maritime space (issues are very diversified and include, for example, waste treatment and recycling, anti-biofouling agents; bio-plastics); (iii) environmental/marine biotechnology as a driver for a sustainable economic growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-167
Number of pages11
JournalNew Biotechnology
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 5 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Molecular Biology

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