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Novel photosensor-based device for rapid and quantitative ochratoxin A determination in wine, beer and feed

Objective

The deterioration of food commodities by biotic factors is a serious and widespread problem. In particular, the contamination of different food and feed commodities by ochratoxin A (OTA) produced by several widespread fungi represents a serious health risk due to the high toxicity of OTA. This toxin causes nephrotoxic, genotoxic, immunosuppressive and carcinogenic effects on humans and animals. It is therefore necessary to have a close surveillance of the presence of this mycotoxin in food, beverages and feed through efficient, reliable and rapid analytical methods. The availability of low cost analytical methods which join reliability and rapidity is highly desired by the small medium enterprises (SMEs).
In this project we will develop a novel system able to perform detection and quantification of OTA in wine, beer and feed, through a linear array of a-Si:H photosensors deposited on a glass substrate. The photosensors will be coupled with surfaces treated in different ways in order to establish the best functionalization of the considered food matrix and will be integrated in a compact, portable equipment. Several food and feed matrices (wine, beer, cereals), both naturally contaminated or fortified with OTA, will be extracted with different extraction methods and analysed by the novel system. The liquid samples (wine, beer) will be also analysed by direct deposition without any extraction procedure. The results obtained with this system will be compared with those obtained by using traditional analytical methods.
Therefore the proposed system will allow to perform low cost, rapid and reliable analyses, not only in a well equipped laboratory but also in a canteen, or in a brewery as well as in a farm, satisfying the requirements of SMEs for an effective food quality control.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Coordinator

AUTOMATION SRL
Address
Via Luigi Cagnola 35/A
20081 Abbiategrasso
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 400 967
Administrative Contact
Roberto Arrigoni (Dr.)

Participants (8)

LUMISENSE LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 144 998
Address
Rua Dos Pinheiros - Parque De Negocios U.i.c S/n
6100 266 Cernache Do Bonjardim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Cascalheira (Dr.)
EUROINSPEKT CROATIAKONTROLA D.O.O
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 117 500
Address
Preradoviceva 31A
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martina Cajner Sertic (Dr.)
EWOS INNOVATION AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 299 254
Address
Dirdal
4335 Dirdal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Taylor (Dr.)
ERRE EMME S.R.L.

Participation ended

Italy
Address
Via San Procolo Km 0.4
03018 Paliano (Fr)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leone Rezia Loppio (Dr.)
Filipa Campos Pato
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 42 230
Address
Quinta Do Bairro
3780-502 Qis Do Bairro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Filipa Pato (Dr.)
Giesinger Biermanufaktur & Specialitaten Braugesellschaft mbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 54 250
Address
Birkenau 5
81543 München
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matthias Muller (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 5 000
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela Padulo (Dr.)
INESC MICROSISTEMAS E NANOTECNOLOGIAS - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES PARA OS MICROSISTEMAS E AS NANOTECNOLOGIAS
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 5 000
Address
Rua Alves Redol 9
1000 029 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ilda Ribeiro (Ms.)