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2016 - 2020

Lupinus mutabilis for Increased Biomass from marginal lands and value for biorefineries.


IceTec (formerly Innovation Center Iceland) coordinates LIBBIO, a European research project on the Andean Lupin. Lupin has the ability to fix nitrogen, mobilise 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 N-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 euro.

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Project coordination

Assess potential use of proteins on non-food application and use of residuals for most valuable processing.



- The Agricultural Research and Education Centre Raumberg-Gumpenstein


- The German Institute of Food Technologies


- Agricultural University of Athens


- Color & Brain BV
- Hanze University
- Louis Bolk Instituut
- Vandinter Semo BV
- Wageningen University


- Instituto Superior de Agronomia
- Lusosem


- The University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Iasi


- Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científica

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Páll Árnason

pall [at]


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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