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REDUCING POST-HARVEST LOSSES TO INCREASE FOOD SUSTAINABILITY

Objective

"Main postharvest losses are caused by physiological, pathological and physical damage; being these causes in many instances interrelated. Harvested products are highly heterogeneous and conventional postharvest approaches are not sufficient for an optimum profitability of these foodstuffs. These methods are usually based on controlling the physiological and sanitary status on pre-harvest, for which only a part of the harvest is analysed as a representative of the whole group.

In order to overcome this problem, REPLAY will develop innovative tools and methodologies for a sustainable management of post harvested food. This objective will be achieved through a staff exchange structure that will contribute to: (i)food quality assessment; (ii)processing technologies; (iii)food chain sustainability assessment; (iv)dissemination and (v)innovation and competitiveness. To strengthen these research areas, the project foresees staff exchange and networking activities between European and Third Country partners, high-level training of personnel and to create and reinforce networks for future joint research projects.

The relevance of this proposal lies in increasing the added value and the profitability of harvested food management, starting from their origin, by the prompt sorting of commodities in more accurate and homogeneous subgroups (quality grades). Primary processing techniques and adequate preservation processes would be assessed for the selected commodities to improve their shelf-life. Emerging preservation technologies will facilitate alternatives for low valued raw materials through the development of novel products.

The exchange scheme will take advantage of the complementarities and synergies generated by the four European leading partners (AZTI-Spain; DLO-The Netherlands; KUL-Belgium, AGROPARISTECH-France) and six Third Country leading partners (INTI-Argentina; AGRESEARCH-New Zealand; CSIRO-Australia; OSU-United States of America; ITESM-Mexico; USACH-Chile)."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Address
Txatxarramendi Ugartea Z/g
48395 Sukarrieta
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 96 600
Administrative Contact
Perez Villarreal Begoña (Ms.)

Participants (3)

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 35 700
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Robert Teuben
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 52 500
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Vanhaeren (Ms.)
INSTITUT DES SCIENCES ET INDUSTRIES DU VIVANT ET DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT - AGRO PARIS TECH
France
EU contribution
€ 81 900
Address
Rue Claude Bernard 16
75005 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Murielle Hayert (Dr.)