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H2020: Búsqueda de socio para crear un mercado sostenible de tomate con bajo contenido en níquel


Búsqueda de socios
Un equipo académico italiano especializado en investigación en biotecnología está desarrollando una propuesta con el fin de crear una cadena de comercialización de tomate sostenible que comienza con la selección de variedades de tomate con bajo contenido en níquel y continúa con la transformación adecuada de tomate y finalmente con un proceso innovador de envasado que evite la liberación de níquel. El grupo de investigación busca socios en diferentes niveles de producción de la cadena alimentaria con el fin de presentar una propuesta a la convocatoria EU H2020-SFS-2016-2017, con fecha límite el 14 de febrero de 2017. El plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 15 de enero de 2017. El proyecto tendrá una duración aproximada de 3 años.


H2020: partner sought to create a sustainable market of nickel-low-level tomato
An Italian academic research group specialized in biotechnology research is developing a project proposal which aims at creating a sustainable tomatoes market chain starting with selection of low-nickel-level tomato cultivars, continuing with an adequate tomato transformation and finally realizing innovative tomato packaging allowing to avoid nickel release. The group is looking for partners active at different food chain production levels to submit the proposal under EU H2020-SFS-2016-2017 call
Nickel (Ni) is an essential micronutrient for living organisms, but it can be toxic if taken at high level, thus representing a threat to both environment and public health worldwide.
Today the 6,24% of agricultural soils (approximately 137.000 km2) have a high Ni level largely exceeding the law limits. Ni is able to enter the food chain by plant edible tissues causing serious damage on human health e.g., the Systemic Nickel Allergy Syndrome (SNAS) in sensitive people.
One of the main exposures to Ni for human population is linked to diet and several foods have a high constitutive Ni level. For most crop species the normal Ni concentration in plant tissues is 0.05-10 mg g-1 DW and above this upper limit toxicity symptoms are likely to occur.
Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum (L.) Karsten ex Farw.) is one of the main diet component worldwide. Although Ni level in tomato is not the highest among foods, this vegetable is widely used and its consumption significantly increased in the latest 20 years.
Daily ingestion of tomato can vary depending on geographical area (e.g., 5.9 g d-1 in Netherland, 47.5 g d-1 in Germany and 112.5 g d-1 in Greece). People affected by SNAS ranges from 1.5% in northern Europe to 16% in Italy and bordering countries. These people must exclude tomato from their diet. As a consequence, even a Ni-free plant can not exist, the selection of a Ni low-level healthier tomato via different practices (e.g., Ni uptake characterization, Ni low-level cultivar selection, best agricultural practices, etc.) represents a great opportunity for the population to enhance their daily diet.
The main goal of the present project is to create a sustainable market chain starting with selection of low-nickel-level tomato cultivars, continuing with adequate tomato transformation and finally with tomato packaging to avoid nickel release.
The research group is looking for agricultural companies active in tomato growing (in a sustainable way) and transformation, research center or University, SMEs expert in low-Nichel input packaging for tomatoes.
The project thus aims at developing and testing new methodologies to obtain a nickel-low-level tomato. Said methodolgies shall involve the whole production chain: tomatoes cultivation, processing and packaging.
The Italian research group also aims at creating a sustainable transnational partnership so to guarantee a continuous exchange and sharing of research results among the partners.
The proposal will be submitted under EU H2020-SFS-2016-2017 call; the topic is "Support to the development and implementation of FOOD 2030 - a European research and innovation policy framework for food and nutrition security".
Deadline for the call: 14-02-2017
Deadline for the EOI: 15-01-2017
Project duration: around 3 years
Advantages and Innovations:
- developing and testing innovative methodologies to obtain a nickel-low-level tomato
- creating a sustainable tomato market chain involving the whole production chain: tomatoes cultivation, processing and packaging
- creating a specific research and innovation area giving a breakthroughs in the field of food safety
- giving a significant contribution to the development and implementation of the European Commission FOOD 2030 initiative
Stage of Development:
Proposal under development

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
Partners at different levels are required, in line with the characteristics described here below. Production level: - at least one R-Y-D institution or University which has studied sustainable agricultural practice to grow tomato - at least one tomato grower which has selected low-nickel-level tomato cultivar - at least three SMEs (also SMEs clusters) leader in growing tomato in a sustainable way and devoted to new productive low-input tomato lines (preferably from the Mediterranean area) Food processing level: - at least one expert of tomato processing and/or a SME with tomatos transformation plant Packaging level: - at least one SME or a SMEs cluster expert in low-Nickel input packaging for tomatos Dissemination and awareness level: - scientific associations with expertise in communication and dissemination, national and local public institutions to raise awareness in population
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