Pon R&C 2007-2013 – II action: public-private laboratories and related networks – PON03PE_0026

Project Title.
LINFA – Public-private laboratory for research and INNOVATION in the olive oil supply chain

Proposing entities
Santa Rita S.R.L.,
Università Mediterranea Di Reggio Calabria,
University Of Naples Federico II,
CNR, Institute For Plant Protection, Ipp,
Igea S.R.L. ,
I.L.Co.A. S.R.L.,
Wild Orange S.R.L.,
Soc. Consortile Cosvitec A R.L.,
Consortium Soc. Mater A.R.L.

Funding body
MIUR – Ministry of Education, University and Research

The Public-Private Laboratory for Research and INnovation in the Olive Row – LINFA, intends to develop a plurality of actions, interventions and innovative services that aim, on the one hand to a defense action in the field of the tree crops under research with a consequent increase in production yields, on the ‘other hand to raise the level of competitiveness of the entire supply chain, with particular attention to food safety, through sectoral actions referable to the production and processing phase, with a strong emphasis on the valorization of products and the recovery of bioactive metabolites for the development of functional ingredients to be proposed as nutraceuticals/cosmeceuticals.
The lines of research developed as part of the project proposal, aim first and foremost at a field defense intervention through the creation of new formulations based on beneficial microorganisms and bioactive metabolites, selected as part of the project, with a consequent increase in production yields.
In addition, through the use of mild-technologies, the realization of new functional products will be evaluated through the use of bioactive metabolites recovered from matrices from the olive sector and identifiable as functional ingredients applicable in different sectors such as nutraceuticals and cosmetics. Finally, given the growing consumer interest in the quality and wholesomeness of the finished product, the project aims to improve safety levels and related consumer safeguards through the identification and physical, chemical or biotechnological reduction/degradation of anthropogenic (mainly pesticides and their catabolites) and non-anthropogenic (mycotoxins) contaminants, as well as any other undesirable compounds.