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Development of nanosensors for the detection of quality parameters along the food chain

Objective

In NANODETECT, the nanoreaction technology will be used to develop on-line and off-line monitoring systems (sensors) which combine the expertise of sensitive molecular biological processes with the potency of nanotechnology for application in liquid process food streams. The nanosensors will interact with information technology tools and thus contribute to improved quality control systems within small and large industries. The partners have chosen milk as example process stream because it is subject to different contaminations of which the following were chosen as models: Pathogenic microorganisms (e.g. Listeria monocytogenes), Mycotoxins (e.g. Aflatoxin M1), Drug residues (e.g. sulphonamides) and Fraud (e.g. high value goat milk blended with cow milk). The nanosensors will work on different types of immunoassays, depending on the application. Single modules will be developed for the detection and quantification of specific contaminants which can be combined according to user’s requirements. It is planned to develop on-line systems with suitable software and automated decision support systems (DSS) for large industries as well as bench top and or handheld devices for small companies with flexible production units. Up to now, there is no technology available for the rapid, in-situ recognition and quantification of unwanted substances in liquid process streams. The device includes a dedicated nanosystem for sample preparation that allows the passage of each molecule of the process stream and associated immuno-assays for the direct quantification of the contaminants in the process stream. The novel sensor will comprise activated nanostructures and innovative techniques for a specific concentration within sample preparation and analysis, respectively. This innovative technology features advantages such as significantly lower costs, high conversion rates, direct quantification, and to be realized as in-line as well as bench top and or handheld device.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Address
Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 547 213
Administrative Contact
Werner Mlodzianowski (Mr.)

Participants (8)

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 276 141
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jelte Beeuwe Zeilstra (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 302 001
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Walter Lang (Dr.)
Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 216 773
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Whitfield (Mr.)
BIOCULT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 157 505
Address
Niels Bohrweg 11-13
2333 CA Leiden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
René Van Den Griend (Dr.)
NORAY BIOINFORMATICS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 183 349
Address
Parque Tecnologico 801A
48160 Derio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yolanda Ortega (Ms.)
OPTOTEK RAZVOJ IN PROIZVODNJA OPTICNE IN LASERSKE OPREME DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 211 750
Address
Tehnoloski Park 21
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manca Oberc (Ms.)
FORMATGERIA GRANJA RINYA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 56 696
Address
Calle Acequia Real Del Jucar 35
46470 Albal (Valencia)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enrique Ramirez (Mr.)
MEIEREI GENOSSENSCHAFT EG LANGENHORN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 157 360
Address
Bahnhofsweg 1
25842 Langenhorn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arne Rahn (Mr.)