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Monitoring Genetically Modified Organisms in Food and Feed by Innovative Biosensor Approaches

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Most of transgenic plants are derived from crops of worldwide critical importance to food and feed producers: soybean, maize, rapeseed and cotton. Although the advantages presented by the genetically modified organisms (GMO), such as herbicide tolerance or resistance to insects, their cultivation has raised numerous concerns in the European Union (EU) and other parts of the world about food safety, environmental and economic impact. In spite of it, their production is steadily increasing mainly in the American countries, reaching a global area of 160 million hectares in 2011. To protect consumers, food and feed labelling legislation is in force in EU and other countries such as Brazil. The verification of its compliance demands reliable and accurate GMO detection methods, but also high throughput tools able to rapidly assess the actual prevalence of transgenic material in food and feed, which is unknown.
The GMOsensor proposal intends to establish an innovative and well-organised scientific network aiming at advancing on nanobiosensor devices to assess the presence of GMO in food and feed products. The achievement of high throughput sensitive analysis requires novel approaches that combine different research areas. State-of-the-art methodologies and advanced techniques will be incorporated in this research for validation of the new tools and towards the efficient monitoring of transgenic soybean and maize derived products from diverse regions. The application of biosensors in food analysis is well suited due to their easy miniaturisation, simple instrumentation and cost-effective. The use of biosensors is promising since they answer to the demands of high sensitivity, specificity, and fast analysis. In this project, novel qualitative and quantitative bioanalytical methodologies (DNA- and protein-based) are proposed to answer the demands on multitarget analysis to screen and identify authorised and unauthorised GMO.

Zaproszenie do składania wniosków

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES
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Koordynator

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE ENGENHARIA DO PORTO
Adres
Rua Dr Antonio Bernardino De Almeida 431
4200-072 Porto
Portugalia
Rodzaj działalności
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Wkład UE
€ 123 900
Kontakt administracyjny
Cristina Delerue-Matos (Prof.)

Uczestnicy (4)

ICETA INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS, TECNOLOGIAS E AGROAMBIENTE DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugalia
Wkład UE
€ 69 300
Adres
Rua D Manuel Ii Apartado 55142
4051 401 Porto
Rodzaj działalności
Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny
Isabel Mafra (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO
Hiszpania
Wkład UE
€ 65 100
Adres
Calle San Francisco 3
33003 Oviedo
Rodzaj działalności
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Kontakt administracyjny
Maria Paz Suarez Rendueles (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Hiszpania
Wkład UE
€ 52 500
Adres
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Rodzaj działalności
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Kontakt administracyjny
María Isabel Rodríguez Villa (Mrs.)
Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7
Francja
Wkład UE
€ 29 400
Adres
Rue Thomas Mann
F-75205 / 13 Paris
Rodzaj działalności
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Kontakt administracyjny
Eleonora Zuolo (Ms.)