Peroxicats: PEROXidases as bioCATalystS
The PEROXICATS consortium includes the main expertises required to address this challenging collaborative project. The team includes the indispensable industrial presence with two companies being complementary in their business areas, as well as four research/academic partners that are groups of excellence at the European level in the fields of oxidoreductase screening, structure-function, rational and non-rational improvement and evaluation as industrial biocatalysts.

Peroxicats group

CSIC - Biological Research Centre, Madrid, Spain (CIB)
Contact information: F.J. Ruiz-Dueñas, Line of Microbiology for Sustainable Development, CIB, Ramiro de Maeztu 9, E-28040 Madrid, Spain; Phone 34 918373112, Fax 34 915360432, E-mail
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CSIC - Institute of Catalysis and Petroleochemistry, Madrid, Spain (ICP)
Contact information: M. Alcalde, Department of Biocatalysis, Institute of Catalysis, CSIC, Universidad Autónoma, Marie Curie 2, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid; Phone 34 915854806, Fax 34 915854760, E-mail
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CSIC - Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology, Seville, Spain (IRNAS)
Contact information: A. Gutiérrez, Department of Plant Biotechnology, IRNAS, Reina Mercedes 10, PO Box 1052, E-41080 Seville, Spain; Phone: +34 954624711; Fax: +34 954624002; E-mail:
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Novozymes A/S, Bagsvaerd, Denmark (Novozymes)
Contact information: Henrik Lund, Director, Technical Applications, Novozymes A/S, Krogshoejvej 36, 2880- Bagsvaerd, Denmark; Phone 45 44468502/Mobile 45 30778502; Fax 45 4446 9999, E-mail
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Internationales Hochschulinstitut Zittau, Zittau, Germany (IHIZ)
Contact information: M. Hofrichter, Unit of Environmental Biotechnology, Markt 23, D-02763 Zittau, Germany; Phone 49 3583 61 2721, Secretary 49 3583 61 2700, Fax 49 3583 61 2734, E-mail
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JenaBios Biotechnologien und Serviceleistungen GmbH, Jena, Germany (BIOS)
Contact information: Manfred Grün, Managing Director, and Katrin Scheibner, Unit of scientific R&D board, Orlaweg 2, D-07743 Jena, Germany; Phone 49 36413096330, Mobil 49 15117862127, Fax 49 36413096338, E-mails m.grü and
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Project Coordinator
Prof. Angel T. Martínez
Prof. Ángel T. Martínez
Biological Research Centre (CIB, CSIC)
Calle Ramiro de Maeztu 9, E-28040 Madrid, Spain. E-mail:
Phone: 34 918373112; Fax: 34 915360432
Large experience in EU projects
The consortium as a whole has not only the S&T competence required to carry out the research proposed, but also the adequate experience in similar collaborative projects (acquired in other EU calls).

In this way, several of the PEROXICATS partners have already worked together in other EU projects. CIB and IRNAS jointly coordinated the WEB FP4-project on "Wood extractives in pulp and paper manufacture" (FAIR-CT95-560, 1.2 million € EC funding). Novozymes participated in the two FP5 projects, PELAS on “Fungal metalloenzymes oxidizing aromatic compounds of industrial interest" (QLK3-99-590, 1.4 million € EC-funding) and PITCH on "New environmentally-sound methods for pitch control in different paper pulp manufacturing processes" (QLK5-99-1357, 1.5 million € EC-funding), coordinated by CIB, IRNAS being also a partner of the latter. Finally, the above three partners, together with IHIZ and ICP, participated in the BIORENEW FP6-project on "White biotechnology for added value products from renewable plant polymers” (NMP2-CT-2006-26456-2, 9.5 million € funding) also jointly coordinated by CIB and IRNAS, where Katrin Scheibner (BIOS) was also a partner although in a different SME company.

protein purification
Fermentation of Agrocybe aegerita in a 5-L bioreactor in soybean meal suspension. Photo: R. Ulrich.

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Mycena epipterygia. Photo: R. Ullrich.