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Integrated sensing and imaging devices for designing, monitoring and controlling microstructure of foods

Objective

The main S&T objective of InsideFood is to provide technological solutions for sensing the microstructure of foods. The project will develop and combine X-ray nano- and microtomography, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrocopy, magnetic resonance imaging, optical coherence tomography, acoustic emission and time- and space-resolved reflectance spectroscopy. The techniques are correlated to understand the effect of microstructure on water and solute status, texture and optical properties and internal defects of food. In particular the consortium will consider fresh fruit, processed fruit and cereal products. The research is aimed to bring closer to the market on-line sensors for microstructure analysis and to provide tools for process design and optimization. To this end, data analysis algorithms are developed, including image processing, modelling and multivariate statistics. To reach the objectives, InsideFood joins research institutes with companies from the sensor, ICT and food sectors. 4 SMEs and 1 major food company participate in InsideFood. InsideFood is dedicated to dissemination of the project results, through a symposium, publications, IP development, a technology newsletter, a public website and a technology trade fare. The participating technology companies perform valorisation activities to implement the results in their product portfolio.
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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Address

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 793 696

Administrative Contact

Maria Vereeken (Ms.)

Participants (11)

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QUADRAM INSTITUTE BIOSCIENCE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 490 349

Research Center for Non Destructive Testing GmbH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 290 588

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 343 365

SKYSCAN NV.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 87 300

NESTEC SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 126 000

FEI SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 149 042

SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 158 550

VLAAMS CENTRUM VOOR BEWARING VAN TUINBOUWPRODUCTEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 116 883

Bruker

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 35 400

CHABER S.A.

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 41 130

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 199 979

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226783

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2009

  • End date

    30 April 2013

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 844 093

  • EU contribution

    € 2 832 282

Coordinated by:

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium