Thessaloniki/Como - Research within textile biotechnology is very broad and involves areas such as enzymology, chemistry, fibre testing, textile technology and effluent treatment process technology. COST Action 847 (www.vtt.fi/bel/cost847) is a European network involving scientist from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK.
The COST Action 847 is divided into several working groups meeting frequently. The next two meetings are taking place on October 9 in Como, Italy, and on October 30 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It's main objective is to develop environmentally friendly production technologies for the textile industry by using enzymatic processes. It will focus on evaluating the effects of structural modifications obtained by various enzymes on the functional properties of the textile materials and the potential of enzymes rendering the production processes more sustainable and eco-efficient.
The scientific outcome of the action will contribute to the development of new enzymatic processes for the textile industry resulting in more environmentally friendly production technologies, chemical and energy savings as well as improvement in the final product quality.