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REINFORCEMENT OF THE WBC RESEARCH CAPACITIES FOR FOOD QUALITY CHARACTERIZATION

Objective

The trend of production and use of healthy food has focused the researchers’ attention on characterization of the phenolic profile of foods consumed in everyday diet. Fruits and fruit products are known to possess beneficial effects on health due to a wide variety of natural polyphenols and consequently a great antioxidant potential. Western Balkan Countries are predominantly agricultural with great potential for production of healthy food with authentic origin and specified health promoting composition. In order to ensure efficient and appropriate development of food production and food quality characterization in R. Macedonia and Serbia, according to EU standards and practice, a project for upgrading the research capacity in food quality control is proposed here. Along with the reinforcement of the research capacities for food characterization by obtaining suitable equipment (liquid chromatographs with appropriate detection systems), improvement of the human potential is foreseen by hiring young researchers and their training in the respective fields. With joint efforts of the researchers from R. Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria, on one side, and the renown EU research groups from Spain and France, on the other, methodology for characterization of antioxidant substances in fruits, juices and wines is going to be developed and applied. A regional network involved in research of various aspects of antioxidants in foods aimed towards providing the necessary knowledge, tools and methods for development of high quality, consumer-acceptable foods will be established. In that sense, the human and material resources from these institutions will be mobilised by obtaining modern equipment, exchange of know-how, training of research personnel in EU research centres, dissemination of the results and promotion of the new reinforced potential of the scientific community in the Western Balkan Countries for future high quality research incorporated in the European Research Area.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit

Call for proposal

FP7-REGPOT-2007-3
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

Ss. CYRIL AND METHODIUS UNIVERSITY IN SKOPJE
Address
Blvd Goce Delcev 9
1000 Skopje
North Macedonia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 313 852
Administrative Contact
Marina Stefova (Prof.)

Participants (4)

PRIRODNO MATEMATICKI FAKULTET
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 162 426
Address
Visegradska 33
18 000 Nis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Blaga Radovanovic (Dr.)
INSTITUTE OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY WITH CENTRE OF PHYTOCHEMISTRY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 20 812
Address
Acad Georgi Bonchev Street Bld 9
1113 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vassya Bankova (Prof.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 61 455
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mar Garcia-Ferrer (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 61 455
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dominique Ottomani