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NEW BIOFERTILIZER IN FUNTIONAL FOODS: EMPLOY OF LACTIC ACID BACTERIA AS VACCINIUM CORYMBOSUM INOCULANT

Project description

New fertiliser to boost blueberry bushes

Berries are among the fruits in highest demand with consumers who prioritise products from sustainable crops. Since berries are usually consumed raw, the use of safety microorganisms as biofertiliser is essential. With more and more people choosing functional foods like blueberries – among the most popular easy-to-snack health foods in Europe – the number of outbreaks of infectious diseases associated with their consumption is on the rise. The EU-funded BIOLACVAC project will address this issue on the ground. It proposes the use of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) as a biofertiliser to use on blueberry crops. The aim is to improve the harvest and the quality of this crop. This is good news for the rapidly expanding blueberry market in Europe, which is driven by consumers’ growing interest in easy and healthy snacks.

Call for proposal

H2020-WF-02-2019
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DA BEIRA INTERIOR
Address
Convento De Santo Antonio
6201 001 Covilha
Portugal

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 159 815,04