The European sheep sector is involved in a structural decline intensified since 2006, that have encouraged the European Parliament to adopt a resolution proposing urgent actions to be taken to safeguard the sheep sector; which includes special support for research and development on both farm and product technical innovations. The sector is made up of three sub-sectors, particularly dairy product has technological problems during cheese elaboration causing lack of competitiveness. These problems during elaboration and ripening of cheese are caused by bacteria or fungi going inside the cheeses and widespread, it is then a topic of interest for SME AGs. The general objective of the TECHeese is to increase the competitiveness of the European sector by reducing the losses causes by undesirable microorganism. They will fight against the problem outsourcing research for two proposes: prevention and control. The preventive actions will be focused on development of feed formulations containing aromatic plants with antiseptic properties able to control specific microbial populations and to enhance sheep health and milk productivity. On the other hand, the control action will be establish on the development of a inspection systems based on low energy X-ray equipment in order to detect internal defects on the product before leaving factory and going to the market. SME AGs and SMEs will be directly involved in the research and demonstration activities within the project, since animals will be feed and cheese will be elaborated at their facilities. SME AGs from different sectors will cooperate with TECHeese project to tackle microbial contamination because the solution to this multifactor problem is not affordable by a single SME.
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Funding SchemeBSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings