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Novel technology for controlling wine production and quality

Objective

Food and beverage industries are of key importance for the economy of many European countries, especially for those having a long agricultura/viticultural tradition. Production of high quality food and beverage products is of general importance for all consumers and requires a permanent monitoring of the production process and the quality of the final product, presently assessed by using highly sophisticated and expensive off line analytical methods, not affordable for SMEs or individual producers. This aspect is vital for the wine industry, since the industry is well dominated by a large number of small producers. An adequate control requires continuous, simultaneous and selective monitoring of several key compounds determining the quality and special flavor of a particular wine. Such detectors are non-existing on the market. This multidisciplinary research targets the development of a highly innovative novel technology for the control of wine production and quality, integrating sampling and detection, and allowing continuous sampling and simultaneous monitoring of several analytes. The sensors/sensor arrays to be developed are based on novel engineered enzymes- and/or antibodies designed for the selective detection of some key analytes (glycerol, acetate, pyruvate, lactate, ammonium, malate, anthocyanines, methoxypyrazines, Ochratoxin A).
The specific objectives of the NovTech project are focused on the following five main areas:
(1) engineering of selective biorecognition elements (enzymes and antibodies),
(2) design and development of electrochemical sensors/sensor arrays,
(3) integration of sampling and detection systems/sensors,
(4) validation of the developed sensors using off-line classical analytical techniques, and
(5) extensive evaluation of the integrated analysis system in three wine producing companies. The work will be carried out by a multidisciplinary network across Europe formed of research groups with recognized expertise in

Funding Scheme

NET - Research network contracts

Coordinator

LUND UNIVERSITY
Address
60,Chemical Center
221 00 Lund
Sweden

Participants (7)

GTP TECHNOLOGY
France
Address
Prologue 1 - La Pyreneenne
313112 Labege
INSTITUTO PEDRO NUNES
Portugal
Address
Rua Pedro Nunes - Quinta Da Nora
3030-199 Coimbra
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Hungary
Address
Urihegy 5/A
6000 Kecskemet
RUHR-UNIVERSITY BOCHUM
Germany
Address
150,Universitaetsstrasse 150
44780 Bochum
SCITECH'LINK
Sweden
Address
Borgaslingan 31
22472 Lund
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
Address
Via Della Ricerca Scientifica 1 Edificio Sogene
00133 Roma
UNIVERSITÉ DE PERPIGNAN
France
Address
Avenue De Villeneuve 52
66860 Perpignan