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"DEVELOPMENT OF AN AUTOMATED, NOVEL BIOSENSOR PLATFORM FOR PESTICIDE RESIDUE DETECTION"

Objective

"The objective of the FOODSCAN project is to develop a novel and automated biosensor platform for pesticide and other chemical residue detection incorporating membrane-engineered cells with pesticide-specific antibodies. The system is primarily based on the Bioelectric Recognition Assay (BERA) technology. Furthermore a specially designed electronic interface is realized in order to acquire and manipulate the corresponding signals from the real time analysis.
The pre-production prototype developed during this project is a Bioelectric Recognition Assay (BERA) sensor aimed at the detection of organophosphate and carbamate pesticides, 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyalcanoic (MCPA), other phenoxyalcanoic herbicides, or other small organic contaminants, e.g. 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) (in cork and wine). The product is developed by an SME consortium based in Cyprus, Spain, Germany, Greece and Portugal with the support of RTD performers from the UK and Greece.
The European farming community is under a number of threats not least due to the increasing demands to produce higher quality food to increasingly stringent standards. They lack the technology to test their produce for the presence of pesticide residues at the site of production. If a system was developed that gave farmers, food companies and distributors the flexibility to test for a range of analytes regularly and in a cost effective way it would allow them to offer remedial solutions quicker than is currently possible.
The conventional analysis of pesticide residues in food commodities is a labour intensive procedure. Standard analysis methods include extensive sample pre-treatmentand determination by gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography to achieve the necessary selectivity and sensitivity for the different classes of compounds under detection. Therefore, rapid pesticide residue testing is necessary."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/biosensing

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

IGV INSTITUT FUR GETREIDEVERARBEITUNG GMBH
Address
Arthur Scheunert Allee 40-41
14558 Bergholz Rehbrucke
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 307 370,75
Administrative Contact
Karsten Schmidt (Dr.)

Participants (8)

ALVES MANUEL KAI SIA O.E.
Greece
EU contribution
€ 118 564,95
Address
4 Th Km Old National Road
20100 Korinthos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manuel Alves (Mr.)
BODEGAS CONTRERAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 141 995,70
Address
Avenida Juan Carlos I 16 G
30800 Lorca Murcia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Teresa Valero Grinan (Ms.)
SK EMBIO DIAGNOSTICS LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 65 251,60
Address
Diogenous 6
2404 Egomi, Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kyriacos Karayiannides (Mr.)
STOLZENBERGER REINER ERICH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 158 653,60
Address
Poststrasse 1
74357 Bonnigheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Reiner Stolzenberger (Mr.)
NESTOR SERRA LARANJEIRA UNIPESSOAL LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 134 017,80
Address
Rua Das Oliveiras 64
4535 051 Lourosa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nestor Serra Laranjeira (Mr.)
BIO-LOGIC SCIENCE INSTRUMENTS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 29 680
Address
Pinewood Court Larkwood Way Tytherington Business
SK10 2XR Macclesfield Cheshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Graham Robert Johnson (Dr.)
"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Greece
EU contribution
€ 20 761
Address
End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eyripidis Papadopoulos (Mr.)
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 16 800
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stella Fanou (Ms.)