Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy, comprising more than 8.500 employees. The scientific network is organised in 88 Research Institutes, spread across the country and belonging to 7 Departments. Two Institutes are involved in the FEED proposal: the Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology (IBBA) > and the Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB) >. IBBA has solid experience in the study of secondary metabolites, in the extraction of bioactive compounds from different plant matrices and in the development of experimental methods for their biochemical characterization. IBBA has solid experience also in studying the effect of diet in health and disease, in particular in determining the gut microbiota profiles in humans and animal models. IPCB research activities converge in three main subjects: Advanced Materials for energy, packaging; Health and Nanomedicine; Green Chemistry and Sustainability with focus on biodegradable and biobased polymers, recycling and eco-sustainable additives and materials. In detail, the units involved have competences in the processing of sustainable polymers and additives, understanding of the aspects which rule the nano structuring of coatings, preparation of substrates and definition of deposition techniques to address the design and realization of active packaging based on biobased coatings.

Role in the project: Analysing Gut microbial communities and relative metabolites in humans and in animal models. Secondary metabolism studies and biochemical characterization of extracts from several plant matrices. Nutraceutical characterization of foods, through the analysis of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and anti-cancer properties. Sustainable polymer formulation and processing, composite materials and polymer-particle interfaces. 

CREA Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura

CREA is the main Italian research organization dedicated to agri-food chains, supervised by the Italian Ministry of agriculture, food sovereignty and forests. Scientific expertise ranges from the agricultural, livestock, fisheries, forestry, agroindustrial, and nutritional sectors to the socioeconomic sphere. CREA is organized in 12 research centres (6 related to specific supply chains and 6 dedicated to horizontal topics) which are forming a capillary network of structures throughout the country.
Project FEED sees the participation of the Research Centre for Engineering and Agro-Food Processing (CREA-IT). CREA-IT carries out research activity in the field of agro-industrial and food processing, especially on fruit and vegetables, through studies on technological innovation and product quality, with a view to an integrated and sustainable supply chain. CREA-IT deals with the metabolic and sensory characterization of both fresh and processed agro-food products along the supply chain, processing optimization through traditional and innovative technologies, shelf-life studies for quality improvement, development of new products, and recovery of waste and by-products.

Role in the project: Biochemical characterization of agro-food products along the supply-chain, particularly focusing on bioactive compounds and antioxidant potential of plant extracts. Food processing and shelf-life studies for quality improvement. 

Consorzio Italbiotec

Founded in 1998, Consorzio Italbiotec is the first Italian leading non-profit organization in the industrial biotechnology sector, bringing together 28 Italian universities and research institutions, the National Research Council, and over 50 companies and start-ups. Italbiotec carries out advanced, basic and applied research activities, as well as providing business development, innovation management, scientific dissemination and post-graduate higher education services for companies and professionals in the biotechnology sector

Role in the project: Evaluation of the environmental and social impacts of the model through Life Cycle Assessment; Communication and dissemination activities. 

CSIC Spanish National Research Council

The CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) is Spain’s largest public research institution and ranks third among Europe’s largest research organisations. The CSIC is attached to the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities through the State Secretariat for Research, Development and Innovation, and plays a key role in scientific and technological policy in Spain and worldwide. Development and Innovation plays a key role in scientific and technological policy in Spain and worldwide. CSIC has 4 main missions: 1) to foster multidisciplinary scientific and technological research; 2) Knowledge transfer to industry and society; 3) Education and training of scientific and technical staff; and, 4) Promotion of Technology Based Companies. CSIC has 120 Institutes spread across the country and covering different areas of Science and Technology. Within them, the main food science institutes, IATA-CSIC, is involved in this proposal.

Role in the project: Molecular analysis and evaluation of health effects of beneficial bacteria and probiotics, the microbial-host interactions, microbiome and its role in human health and diseases. 

aiju Tecnología, innovación y competitividad para las empresas

AIJU is the European Technological Institute specializing in children's products. Our mission is to assist throughout all the processes involved in creating new products based on consumer insights and bringing them to the market. The department involved in the proposal is the User & consumer research department and their expertise is the analysis of end-user behavior, pedagogic & therapeutic questions, design of didactic materials, sociological & market studies, product validation with end-users in different countries.

Role in the project: Studies of consumer behaviour/acceptance and the development of non-formal educational material. Assessment of the user requirements and consumer acceptance of the developed prototypes Developing games/toys for raising awareness of the Mediterranean diet benefits. 

ARO Agriculture Research Organization

The Agriculture Research Organization (ARO) is Located at the Volcani Center campus in Rishon-LeZion, near Tel-Aviv, and it is the largest agricultural research facility in Israel. ARO's six institutes are responsible for Plant Sciences, Animal Science, Plant Protection, Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Engineering, and Postharvest and Food Sciences. While encompassing the full range of agricultural research activities, ARO focuses in particular on arid zone agriculture, enabling Israel - a country short of all the resources required for agriculture to achieve among the highest levels of agricultural output in the world.

Role in the project: Development of sprout crops and innovative agro-technological methodologies for the food, pharmaceutical and bioenergy industries. Production of sprout extracts, manufacture of edible sprouts. 

University of Zagreb

Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology University of Zagreb (FFTB) is a public higher education institution and the central place of academic education of experts in the fields of food technology, biotechnology, and nutrition in the Republic of Croatia. For many years, FFTB has been educating highly qualified experts, conducting scientific research and professional projects in cooperation with industry.
and has been a major driving force of Croatian economic development in the above-mentioned fields.

Role in the project: Implementation of (non-)thermal technologies for the isolation or processing of food products of plant origin. Application of additive technology and processing with innovative technologies as 3D printing. 


Argonauta is a non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit organisation for nature, environment, and sustainable development, based in Murter, Croatia with members, volunteers and employees made up of teams of experts from different fields. Argonauta contributes to the protection of nature and the environment, the revitalization and valorisation of cultural and historical heritage, and encourages the
development of active citizenship in a way that informs, educates citizens, creates, brings, and promotes innovative solutions in the community, and operates at local, national and international levels.

Role in the project: Educational and training online events/webinars to increase consumers' awareness on sustainability and the importance of vegetable food for a healthier lifestyle, promoting the Mediterranean diet. 

ATÜ Adana Alparslan Türkeş Science and Technology University

Adana Alparslan Türkeş Science and Technology University (ATÜ) is a public university that has committed itself to its internationalisation process and set out to establish international partnerships with its counterparts abroad. ATÜ, which has made significant progress in its short history in the field of research, is presented as one of the most successful research institutions in the field of "Food Processing" throughout Turkey in the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)

Role in the project: Prototype development and optimization of functional foods from sprouts using microencapsulation, emulsion preparation, spray-drying techniques.  

TUM or TU Munich The Technical University of Munich

The Technical University of Munich (TUM or TU Munich) (German: Technische Universität München) is a public research university in Munich. The Chair of Brewing and Beverage Technology at the Technical University of Munich (BGT-TUM) has been successfully researching and teaching bioprocess engineering.
and process control for many years. The research contents include, among others, PAT technologies, bioprocess analysis and sensor technology, chemometrics, Food packaging, fluid dynamics, and control engineering.

Role in the project: Prototype developments on active food bio-packaging. biopolymer modification and processing, extracting active metabolites from the sprouts and physicochemical characterization.

Project Coordinator

National Research Council (CNR)
Via Giuseppe Moruzzi, 56124 Pisa, IT
Phone +39 055  2759  322

Dissemination and communications

Consorzio Italbiotec
Piazza della Trivulziana 4, 20126 Milano, IT
Phone +39 02 8975 4564

PRIMA research & innovation in mediterranean area