LIBBIO is a European research project on Andes Lupin (Lupinus mutabilis, tarwi) cropping in marginal lands for enhanced bio economy.

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 more than 20% oil, more than 40% protein and the remaining materials are carbohydrates, mainly oligosaccharides characterized as “prebiotics”.

Andes lupin will be grown as a summer crop in north and central Europe and as winter crop in Mediterranean conditions. Pre-industrial processing is developed and optimized for the lupin, properties of the different fractions analysed, their advantage for different industrial use evaluated, and a few products 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 project started on 1st October 2016 and finished 31st March 2021. Project cost was 5 million euro.


Video: Libbio in 3 minutes

Lupin cropping trials on marginal land.


LIBBIO success story

Both EC and BBI JU (Bio-based Industry Joint Undertaken) have now published a success story on LIBBIO. This is an honour for the LIBBIO consortium. BBI has also communicated it on social media. See the following:


On social media

BBI´s Project day and Stakeholder Forum

BBI´s Project day and Stakeholder Forum were held on 3-4th Dec. 2019, giving excellent overview of the progress in the biobased industry. LBBIO was presented with booths and on stage focusing on healthy food and how to deal with the foreseen global population of 10 billion by 2050.

Prof. Rob van Haren, LIBBIO technical manager and Páll Árnason, LIBBIO coordinator, in the project booths.

EC and BBI have selected LIBBIO for R&I Days 2019 EXPO: SCIENCE IS WONDERFUL!

EC has selected LIBBIO and some 30 other excellent projects as showcases on the exhibition “Science is wonderful” in Brussels 25-26th September 2019. EC´s criteria was that the research would reach the general public and produce a WOW effect among attendees, both families and stakeholders. Prof. Rob van Haren (Hanze University of Applied Science) and Irmgard Starmann (Color & Brain BV) will present LIBBIO at the event.