The VIPACFood project will be implemented by a consortium of eight research groups located in Tunisia, Italy, Portugal and Spain which will operate in a logic of integration / interaction.
The multidisciplinary character of the project, in fact, requires different skills from the field of food technology, food engineering, the innovative conservation techniques, chemistry and technology of polymers, nutrition, environmental health and vegetable productions.
Institut National de Recherche et d'Analyse Physicochimique (INRAP), Tunisia (Coordinatore)
INRAN is a public research institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Tunisia. It provides Tunisia with human and material resources necessary to improve expertise and competences in novel technologies and to develop cooperation with other countries in the field of physico-chemical analysis notably of natural polymers and nanomaterials. INRAP is also expected to develop research activities on topics of interest to Tunisia, to integrate new national and international research program and to contribute generally to improving the quality of scientific work in laboratories of universities or other organizations.
ProdAl Scarl, Italy
The skilled technical and scientific expertise of ProdAl researchers covers a wide range of areas (agriculture, zootechnics, engineering, food technology, biology, chemistry, economics, etc.), allowing to deal with various problems related to the characterization, treatment and processing of different plant and animal matrices, for the extraction and recovery of valuable compounds.
ProdAl competences, which will be applied and shared in the framework of the project activities, cover a wide range of scientific areas, starting from the physic-chemical characterization of the raw material up to the commercialization of new products.
University of Catania-Di3A UniCT, Italy
The mission of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A) of Catania University is the improvement of education and research in agriculture, food production and sustainability and environment in the Mediterranean basin and educate future professionals who will enhance the knowledge and dissemination in those fields and will serve the needs of the society. The research group involved in the project has an outstanding experience on the use of natural additives for the control of food spoilage and for the development of innovative foods.
National Research Council (CNR) – Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB), Italy
IPCB, part of the Italian National Council of Research (CNR), has a long-standing experience in polymer chemistry and technology, development of innovative and sustainable polymer blends and composites (including nano-composites), either synthetic or naturally occurring, as well as passive and active innovative materials for food packaging applications. The research group involved in the project has an outstanding experience on the use of natural additives in the manufacturing of films for food packaging as well as on the development of innovative passive and active materials.
Pharmacy Faculty of the University of Coimbra (UC), Portugal
The Faculty of Pharmacy (FFUC) of the University of Coimbra develops high quality, international level research, and its preferential relationship with associations involved in R&D that endorse interdisciplinary projects with the industry and companies, is promoted by the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology-CNC, as a research unit of the National Scientific and Technological System.
National Institute of Health Dr Ricardo Jorge, I.P. (INSA), Portugal
The mission of INSA is focused on research and technological development, epidemiological and health services research, laboratory quality assurance through external evaluation, diffusion of scientific culture, fostering capacities, knowledge and skills through training programs and by providing specialized services in several domains including the prevention of genetic diseases.
INSA especially focuses on epidemiology, environmental health, food and nutrition, genetics, proteomics, health services, infectious diseases, chronic diseases and health promotion.
Pharmacy Faculty of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), Spain
The Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Santiago de Compostela, since 1990 has a large experience developing analytical methods for migrants in foods, food simulants and residual starting substances in packaging materials, carrying out overall and specific migration tests and determining key parameters of diffusion (diffusion coefficients, partition coefficients, etc.).
The Tunisian Interprofessional Organization for Vegetables (Groupement interprofessionnel de legumes, GIL), Tunisia
GIL is responsible for drafting the medium term strategy for the vegetable sector and it provides the professional backing for the preparation of government decisions affecting the sector. Tomato is among the most strategic products for the GIL.
The different activities of the GIL include the contribution to the organization of professionals; stakeholder coordination and facilitation of consultation; the promotion of the quality of vegetables and the related production; processing and export activities; studies and information campaigns; communication, promotion, and dissemination activities; mentoring private operators to adopt new technologies (species, variety, postharvest techniques).