A eureka consortium of scientists from research institutions and 8 leading plant breeding/biotechnology companies will apply innovative molecular techniques to solve urgent quality problems in the most important european cereals.
The project addresses the need for improved toxicity assays for better risk assessment to reduce the number of animals used to test toxins and toxic effects. These assays will be developed as kits for commercial availability.
Acceleration and diversification of flavour formation in semi-hard cheeses, by controlling amino-acid catabolism with lactic acid bacteria (lab).
The fundamentals for a "natural" supply chain of fats will be developed. For this step change, chemical processes must be eliminated. This involves development of milder oil purification, application of enzymes and development of a new variety of sunflower.
Propionic acid bacteria (pab) are applied, together with other dairy bacteria, for development of a swiss flavour concentrate and for improvement of ripening of semi-hard cheeses. The focus is on (directing) routes of flavour formation by pab.
Production of recombinant allergens and secretory iga in the milk of transgenic rabbits. These compounds will be used for clinical trials to assess their efficiency as a treatment for allergies.
Design and target-oriented synthesis of various novel estrogen receptor modulators. Assessment of their pharmacological abilities to act as estrogens in the skeletal and cardiovascular systems and antiestrogens against breast cancer.
Development of apple cultivars with resistance to diseases and better fruit quality by combining traditional methods of apple breeding with the most recent selection technologies using molecular tools.
Fundamental research to develop the basis for a very accurate innovative tool for the selection of different meat and carcass quality measurements in pork production.
Using well-characterized antibodies to form the basis for the development of diagnostic kits to monitor neurodegenrative processes.