Harnessing marine microbes for drug discovery and sustainable production of fish and crops

MARBLES is a €7.5 million, 5-year EU-funded project that will develop new methods for the sustainable collection and use of biological resources from marine environments and assess their commercial potential.


Through nine Work Packages, MARBLES is addressing the challenges of finding and identifying the bacteria and their molecules, extracting their active ingredients in a sustainable, effective way, and the commercial and regulatory difficulties of bringing a discovery from the lab to market

Working together, the interdisciplinary team will harness the unexplored potential of marine microorganisms as producers of novel antimicrobial agents and as bioprotectants in aqua- and agriculture.

The results of MARBLES are expected to improve the use of marine microbes as a sustainable resource for drug discovery and bioprotectants for aquaculture and agricultural crop diseases.