Industrial partner
EFCO Group of Companies is the leader of the oil and fat industry in the Eurasian Economic Union; it is one of the three largest Russian companies of the agro-industrial complex and holds the 8th place in the list of the largest companies in terms of sales of products in the food industry. As of year-end 2014, the Group is among 100 largest private companies in Russia, according to Forbes. The company also is one of the backbone enterprises of the food industry and producers, affecting the food security of the Russian Federation. EFKO is the leader on the market of food ingredients used in confectionery, bakery and other food industries, is one of the leading manufacturers of mayonnaise, vegetable oil, ketchup, dairy and sour-milk products, including under such well-known brands as Sloboda and Altero, as well as a major producer of feed ingredients for farm animals and poultry. The company's products are exported to more than 40 countries around the world.
Directions for the selection of projects:
The development of biotechnology conversion of agricultural waste, fat and dairy industries into valuable products
  • Processing of milk whey, sunflower husks, molasses and soybean okara, and fatty waste
The development of biotechnology synthesis of food ingredients and additives:
  • Enzymes (lipase, phospholipase, β-glucanase, protease, cellulase, xylanase, phytase)
  • Antioxidants (tocopherols, carotins, astaxanthin)
  • Thickening agents (gums, modified starches, pectins, agar analogues)
  • Amino acids
Production of biological products for the animal industry:
  • Biotechnological feed additives that increase the biological value of feed (enzymes, feed preservatives, growth stimulants, and sorbents)
  • Probiotics
  • Protein supplements (microbial protein)
  • Feed antibiotics
Production of biological products for the plant industry:
  • Biological plant protection
  • Plant growth stimulators
  • Microbiological fertilizer
Rapid tests for microbiological analysis of raw materials, intermediates and finished products in manufacturing
РSolutions for the personalized production and food delivery
(products adapted to the specific consumer, and introduction of related services for diet definition).
Effective organic farming technologies
(biological products and technologies for the protection and improvement of plant productivity and cost minimization).
Technologies and solutions in the field of precision farming:
  • Improvement of the use of satellite monitoring, computer vision technologies, unmanned aerial vehicles and ground-based sensors to assess the condition of crops
  • The development of services and applications, support systems for planning and forecasting of crop yields based on precision farming)
Genomics of agricultural plants and animals:
  • Test systems for the determination of genetic markers
  • Breeding and genetics of agricultural plants and animals, including by the use of gene technologies
IT automation and robotization of technology processes in agriculture:
  • The use of robotics in agriculture
  • Promising ways to automate and intensify technology processes
he use of alternative protein sources in agriculture and food industry
(technologies of cultivation and processing of pseudo-cereal crop, algae, insects and other species for obtaining protein and other useful elements)