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Horizon 2020


BEFORE - Bioresources For Oliviculture

ISAFOM - Institute for Mediterranean agriculture and forest systems | IBBR - Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources | Coordinator

Abstract: The project aims at establishing a multi-lateral network of research and innovation staff active in olive germplasm access, conservation, evaluation and exploitation, strengthening research capacities through the exchange of knowledge and expertise on a shared research programme focused on developing integrated common protocols to phenotype and characterize plants at molecular, morphological and physiological level, and evaluating the olive oil quality related to varieties. The scientific results of the project will contribute at improving the potential of the olive germplasm collections, repositories and banks as main sources of variability and of the evaluation tools to be used to increase oliviculture sustainability. Particular attention will be paid to issues concerned to international intellectual property rights for conserving, exchanging and using the olive genetic resources. Another aim is to create a long lasting network among partners also promoting new common projects in the frame of Horizon2020 and other international funding sources. The joint exchange programme will involve 9 beneficiaries and 6 partners belonging to AC and NAC sectors and will be performed through a series of short and long term staff exchanges and workshops among European (Italy, Spain, Greece and France) and third countries (Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, Argentina, Chile and Mexico). The International Olive Council (IOC), represented by IOC Executive Director, Jean-Louis Barjol, expressed its strong support to “BeFOre” planning to play an important role in dissemination activities. Experienced and early stage researchers, technicians and managers, are expected to be exchanged between EU and TC to ensure a good scientific transfer of knowledge and training. Enhancement of careers for the staff involved is expected. The project coordination and management will be ensured by the contribution of a well established coordination group and a Steering Committee.

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Deadline 1/02/2019

CARISMAND Culture And RISkmanagement in Man-made And Natural Disasters

IBIMET - Institute of Biometeorology | Partner

Abstract: As risks are not "objective" but socially and culturally constructed, disaster management which is aware, respects, and makes use of local cultural aspects will be not only more effective but, at the same time, also improve the community's disaster coping capacities. CARISMAND is setting out to identify these factors, to explore existing gaps and opportunities for improvement of disaster policies and procedures, and to develop a comprehensive toolkit which will allow professional as well as voluntary disaster managers to adopt culturally-aware everyday practices. This goal will be achieved by approaching the links, and gaps, between disaster management, culture and risk perception from the broadest possible multi-disciplinary perspective and, simultaneously, developing a feedback-loop between disaster management stakeholders and citizens to establish, test, and refine proposed solutions for culturally-informed best practices in disaster management. Whilst experts from a variety of fields (in particular legal, IT, cognitive science, anthropology, psychology, sociology) will undertake a comprehensive collation of existing knowledge and structures, a number of Citizen Summits and Stakeholder Assemblies will be organised. Systematically, CARISMAND will use an approach that examines natural, man-made and technical disasters, placing at the centre of attention specific aspects that affect culturally informed risk perceptions, eg whether disasters are caused intentionally or not, the different "visibility" of hazards, and various time scales of disasters such as slow/fast onset and short- and long-term effects. By organising six Citizen Summits (two per disaster category per year in two separate locations) where such disaster risks are prevalent , and three Stakeholder Assemblies (one per year) where the results are discussed through a wide crosssectional knowledge transfer between disaster managers from different locations as well as from different cultural backgrounds.

La gestione dei disastri ambientali e dovuti a cause umane rappresenta una problematica di grande interesse a livello Europeo vista la frequenza con cui si verificano molti disastri. Le misure preventive rappresentano spesso l'unico sistema d'intervento per ridurre danni a cose e persone. Nell'ambito di questo progetto saranno individuati e descritti gli attori, i processi e sistemi, nonché le politiche messe in atto in vari Paesi della Comunità Europea per gestire le emergenze ambientali e legate ad attività umane, con l'obiettivo di prevenire i danni conseguenti. Molta attenzione nel progetto sarà dedicata agli aspetti culturali e all'utilizzo delle più recenti recenti tecnologie utili per migliorare la comunicazione prima, durante e dopo un disastro ambientale.

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Deadline 30/09/2018

Enhancing and implementing Knowledge based ICT solutions within high Risk and Uncertain Conditions for Agriculture Production Systems (RUCAPS)

ISPA - Institute of Sciences of Food Production | Partner

Deadline 30/05/2020

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ENVRI PLUS - Environmental Research Infrastructures Providing Shared Solutions for Science and Society

IBIMET - Institute of biometeorology | Partner

Abstract: The objective of ENVRIplus is to provide common solutions to shared challenges for European Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures in their efforts to deliver new services for science and society. To reach this overall goal, ENVRIplus brings together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to build common synergic solutions for pressing issues in Research Infrastructure construction and implementation.
ENVRIPLUS is driven by 3 overarching goals: 1) favouring cross-fertilization between Research Infrastructures, 2) implementing innovative concepts and devices across Infrastructures, and 3) facilitating research and innovation in the field of environment to an increasing number of users outside the Research Infrastructures.

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Deadline 1/05/2019

GEN TREE - Optimising the management and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Europe

IBBR - Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources | Partner

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Deadline 2018

HEAT-SHIELD - Integrated inter-sector framework to increase the thermal resilience of European workers in the context of global warming

IBIMET - Institute of biometeorology

Abstract: Environmental heating is a growing challenge for our community and problems are already experienced by millions of Europeans during the summertime and aggravated during heat waves or occupational settings. In addition to the well-known health risks related to severe heat stress, a number of studies have confirmed significant loss of productivity due to hyperthermia. Even if countries adopt the EU proposal for limiting global CO2 emissions, climate change and its associated threat to public health will continue for many decades. Thus, it is crucial to develop strategies to mitigate the detrimental health and societal effects of these environmental changes.
Stakeholders such as policy makers and the private sector usually lack the technical capabilities or facilities to conduct R&D activities at the level of excellence required for such development. European research institutes have the capacity to conduct the R&D necessary to develop solutions. However, they often lack the capacity to transform these solutions into policies and assess their health, economic and social benefits. The HEAT-SHIELD project will create a sustainable inter-sector framework that will promote health as well as productivity for European citizens in the context of global warming. The project will produce a series of state-of-the-art innovative outcomes including: (i) appropriate technical and biophysical research-based solutions to be implemented when the ambient temperature poses a health threat or impairs productivity (ii) a weather-based warning system with online open access service that anticipates the events that may pose a threat to workers’ health; (iii) scenario-specific policies and solutions aimed at health promotion and preventing loss of productivity (iv) implementation of the formulated policies and evaluation of their health, economic and social benefits. Consequently, the HEAT-SHIELD project provides a multi-sector approach to address the serious environmental challenge.

Contact Person: Marco Morabito - Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.

Deadline 31/12/2020 

MycoKey - Integrated and innovative key actions for mycotoxin management in the food and feed chain

ISPA - Institute of Sciences of Food Production | Coordinator

Abstract: MycoKey will integrate innovative key actions into an user friendly and cheap application, able to provide real-time information and suggestions for mycotoxin management to several stakeholders. Studies will be carried out to investigate new methods to prevent the contamination in the field, during processing and storage. New sustainable technologies will be developed (i.e. drones) to monitor toxigenic fungi, analyze and prevent the mycotoxin contamination and risk, finally to apply remediation tools.

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Deadline 31/03/2020

POnTE - Pest Organisms Threatening Europe

IPSP - Institute for sustainable plant protection | Coordinator

Abstract: This proposal, SFS-03a-2014-aligned, focuses to minimize the risk of introduction/impact of emerging pests threatening EU agriculture and forestry. The targets are: 1) Xylella fastidiosa and its vectors in olive, grapevine, citrus, stone fruit, ornamentals and landscape trees of high socio-economic importance; 2) ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ and its vectors affecting a number of strategic crops such as potato, tomato and carrot; and 3) Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (anomorph. Chalara fraxinea) and Phytophtora spp. seriously affecting broadleaf and conifer species in forest ecosystems. Targeted pests, their vectors and the host response will be explored using innovative approaches (NGS, transcriptomic). Diseases surveillance and epidemiology given by current methods will integrate improved survey protocols and remote sensing. Innovative IPM will include studies of microbiome to develop sustainable solutions in line with the EU plant health legislation. New knowledge gained with POnTE will result in an outcome-based pest prevention and management work plan to: a) implement area-wide pest risk assessments; b) prevent the entry and develop surveillance and early detection tools (diagnostic kits, lab-on-chip, new biomarkers); c) mitigate the spread and reduce the socio-economic impact; d) IPM based on disease resistance, disease-free seeds, cultural practices and physical environmentally-friendly treatments; e) support knowledge-based decision-making policies at EU level. The proposal fosters and promotes a multi-actor approach and transnational research collaborations among 25 Partners at the forefront of research in plant protection, agro-engineering and economics. It involves key industries/SMEs that develop diagnostic kits and services, agrochemical and seed companies, stakeholder groups. End-users will participate in the development of the project and immediately implement the practical solutions derived from the outcomes to solve these serious emerging diseases.

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Deadline 2019

PROTEIN2FOOD - Development of high quality food protein through sustainable production and processing

ISAFOM - Institute for Mediterranean agriculture and forest systems | Partner

Abstract: PROTEIN2FOOD’s aim is to develop innovative, cost-effective and resource-efficient plant proteins –rich food sources with positive impact on human health, the environment and biodiversity. The quality and quantity of protein from selected highly nutritious seed crops (quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat), and legumes with high protein quantity (lupin, faba beans, pea, chickpea, lentil) will be significantly enhanced by using a multi-disciplinary approach that will include genetic, agronomic, food process engineering, sensory, socio-economic, and environmental assessment.

Research is expected to improve the quality of plant proteins, produced in Europe, and of the sustainability of their production and processing. Through a better understanding of the: i) genetic mechanisms driving the protein formation and accumulation in the seed, ii) plant performance towards biotic and abiotic stresses, and iii) protein interactions with other components in the food matrix and its sensory repercussions in the final food products, this research should lead to the development of adapted plant protein sources with positive impact on environment and biodiversity as well as human health.

Expected results in the project are: i) enhance the protein production by 25% through new effective breeding techniques and optimised crop management with an increase by 10% of the EU’s arable land destined to protein-crop production, using also marginal soils, ii) accelerate protein transition from animal-based protein to plant based protein in Europe with clear impact on reduction of carbon footprint, iii) increase EU agro-biodiversity by introducing promising high quality crops and legumes. Further, activities will support the prototypes of new protein-rich-protein food with exceptional market potential. Finally, we will improve the EU’s visibility in the area of food processing and technology through high impact factors scientific publications.

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Deadline 1/03/2020

TRADITOM -Traditional tomato varieties and cultural practices: a case for agricultural diversification with impact on food security and health of European population

IBBR - Institute of biosciences and bioresources | Partner

Abstract: Tomato is the second most consumed vegetable in the EU and a major dietary source of many nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. A large number of European traditional varieties have been developed by local farmers ever since tomato was introduced to Europe by the Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century.

The aim of TRADITOM is to valorise the genetic diversity stored in traditional tomato varieties and to increase their resilience in order to prevent their steady replacement by higher yielding, hardier and often less tasty modern cultivars.

The TRADITOM research project has received funding from the Horizon 2020 European Union funding for Research and Innovation with a total budget of €4.3 million. The project coordinator, Professor Antonio Granell of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain) has assembled a multi-national team of experts from sixteen partner institutions. Together, they aim to foster the conservation of traditional tomato varieties and increase their competitiveness in the global and local market.

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Deadline 28/02/2018

EDEN ISS Ground Demonstration of Plant Cultivation Technologies and Operation in Space for Safe Food Production on-board ISS and Future Human Space Exploration Vehicles and Planetary Outposts

ISA - Institute of food sciences | co-partner with IBAF CNR

Abstract: A critical component of future, human exploration to worlds unknown, will be the supply of edible food for crewmembers. To develop innovations in cultivating food in closed-loop systems becomes integral to future missions.

The goal of the EDEN ISS project is to advance controlled environment agriculture technologies beyond the state-of-the-art. It focuses on ground demonstration of plant cultivation technologies and their application in space. EDEN ISS develops safe food production for on-board the International Space Station (ISS) and for future human space exploration vehicles and planetary outposts.

Contact Person: Filomena Nazzaro  - Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. co-partner with IBAF CNR

Deadline 30/05/2018

14IND11 HIT - Metrology for humidity at high temperatures and transient conditions


ISPA - Institute of Sciences of Food Production | Partner

Humidity measurements at high temperatures and transient conditions

Air humidity directly affects the quality of pharmaceutical and food products during both production and storage processes. Recognising the importance of humidity monitoring to production efficiency, the food and pharmaceutical industries dedicate significant resources to the challenge of improving humidity measurements. Many laboratories across Europe calibrate instruments for measuring humidity, but no appropriate methods and techniques are available for performing calibrations at temperatures above 100 °C or under transient conditions. These dynamic humidity measurements form an integral part of environmental monitoring during the manufacture of many industrial products but no proper methods exist to estimate their uncertainty. This project will significantly improve the speed and accuracy of industrial humidity measurements at temperatures up to 180 °C and under transient conditions. The improved measurement and calibration techniques developed will help increase manufacturing efficiency in European industry and could potentially achieve annual savings of millions of euros across European industries.

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Deadline: 31/08/18[project]=1324&eurametCtcp_project[back]=450&cHash=6932b3a4c4867fc7a4b184f6fc74d56c



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