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

Objective

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.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops/oilseed rape
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/biosensing

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

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

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE ENGENHARIA DO PORTO
Address
Rua Dr Antonio Bernardino De Almeida 431
4200-072 Porto
Portugal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 123 900
Administrative Contact
Cristina Delerue-Matos (Prof.)

Participants (4)

ICETA INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS, TECNOLOGIAS E AGROAMBIENTE DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 69 300
Address
Rua D Manuel Ii Apartado 55142
4051 401 Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Isabel Mafra (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 65 100
Address
Calle San Francisco 3
33003 Oviedo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Paz Suarez Rendueles (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 52 500
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María Isabel Rodríguez Villa (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITE PARIS DIDEROT - PARIS 7
France
EU contribution
€ 29 400
Address
Rue Thomas Mann 5
75205 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eleonora Zuolo (Ms.)