Reuse of agro-food effluents for the production of microalgae and its application to the Circular Agriculture of the territory.

  • Project start: 01/01/2024
  • End of project: 31/12/2026
  • Principal Investigator: Miriam Pinto
  • Funder: Interreg POCTEFA 2021-2027 programme
  • Reference: EFA19/1
  • Budget: the total budget is 1.047.967,26€ and the ERDF budget is 681.178,72€.
  • Partners: NEIKER, UPC, APESA and CATAR

General objective:

To develop biostimulants, biopesticides and organic fertilisers from microalgae produced in agri-food effluents, applying a circular strategy that improves efficiency in the use of resources, sustainability and diversification of the value chain of the agri-food sector.

Specific objectives:

  • To develop on a demonstration scale microalgae crops as a solution to recover nutrients from three types of agri-food effluents.
  • To use low environmental impact technologies to transform algal biomass into three types of products for agricultural use.
  • Evaluate the above products in organic agriculture and hydroponics, against agricultural diseases of economic impact and considering environmental factors related to climate change.
  • To promote the knowledge and adoption of microalgae production as an activity for the bioeconomy and a resource within the value chain of the agri-food sector.


The results of REAL-MAC will contribute to improve the efficiency in the use of resources, sustainability, mitigation of climate change effects and diversification of the agri-food value chain in the POCTEFA territory.

The REAL-MAC project has been co-funded 65% by the European Union through the Interreg VI-A Spain-France-Andorra Programme (POCTEFA 2021-2027). The objective of POCTEFA is to strengthen the economic and social integration of the Spain-France-Andorra border area.