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Se-bioFORtified ALfaLfa for Se-enriched Dairy products

Objective

Micronutrients are essential for maintaining a good human health, and although they are needed in only trace amounts, deficiencies reportedly affect 3 billion people worldwide. One of such micronutrients is selenium (Se). This element is a cofactor of many enzymes (e.g. glutathione peroxidase or thioredoxin reductase) and it is important for the protection against oxidative stress demonstrating the highest activity as a free radical scavenger and anti-cancer agent, T-cell immunity, and its role regulating the thyroid hormone metabolism. Currently, inadequate dietary Se intake affects up to 1 in 7 people globally with the associated risk of developing many chronic degenerative diseases. Animals, including humans, are not able to easily transform inorganic species of Se into organic forms and, in fact, due to its toxicity, the human body can tolerate only very low levels of inorganic Se. However, plants are able to transform the inorganic species of Se to seleno-amino acids, which are the forms of selenium desired for animal diets. The selenium present in our diet comes indirectly from the reservoir in soils. Thus, regions with low Se level in soils would provide Se deficient diets. In order to overcome this problem, the elaboration of functional foods starting from Se-enriched edible plants has been proposed as a solution to overcome low levels of Se in the diet of animals and humans. This research action is aimed to produce Se-enriched dairy products and cheese as functional food through Se-biofortified alfalfa hay for feeding milking cows. To achieve the transferability of the methodology to different regions, Se will be applied directly to the plant (foliar application), instead to the soil, overcoming issues related with the unpredicted bioavailability of Se in soils with different physicochemical characteristics. Hence, this methodology will ensure an appropriate level of Se into the diet regardless the particularities of the agricultural soil.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 395 600

Participants (4)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 50 600
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSORCIO PARA LA CONSTRUCCION EQUIPAMIENTO Y EXPLOTACION DEL LABORATORIO DE LUZ SINCROTRON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 27 600
Address
Carrer De La Llum 2-26
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles Barcelona
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
BEAL ORGANIC CHEESE LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 92 000
Address
Beal Lodge Asdee
Listowel Kerry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
REDINN - SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 96 600
Address
Via Mar Di Bering 39B
00040 Pomezia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (3)

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DEL LITORAL
Argentina
Address
Boulevard Pellegrini 2750
3000 Santa Fe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNOLOGIA AGROPECUARIA
Argentina
Address
Rivadavia 1439
C1033AAE Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNOLOGIA INDUSTRIAL
Argentina
Address
Avenida Leandro N. Alem 1067 - 7°
C1001AAF Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations