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Plantechno has been involved with several E.U. 5th Framework projects as a Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME), and is looking forward to starting collaborations in the 7th Framework.

Sixth And Fifth Framework Projects:

Oliv-Track: Traceability of origin and authenticity of olive oil by combined genomic and metabolomic approaches (www.dsa.unipr.it/foodhealth/oliv-track)
Apply molecular technologies (based on genomic and metabolic information) to trace the origin and authenticity of EU olive oil.
Develop methodology for DNA extraction and purification from olives to yield DNA usable for genomic analysis.
Collect info on olive cultivation, production, commerce, marketing, and processing in EU.
Use existing and develop new molecular markers for discrimination of olive genotypes grown and sold in Europe (high quality cultivars versus low quality cultivars utilised for commercial fraud).
Develop a "molecular identity card" for each olive oil based on genomic and metabolomic data to prepare a useful consumer label.
Develop a network of growers, companies, and consumers to discuss the relevance of using molecular markers for traceability.
DNA-Track: Traceability of DNA fragments through the food chain by DNA-PNA techniques: application to novel foods (www.dsa.unipr.it/foodhealth/dna-track/)
Develop reliable microscale methods for detection and analysis of DNA content and integrity for different food processing stages.
Develop molecular methods to assess origin of DNA, whether adventitious contamination or contamination from known specific organisms.
Develop PNA-technology to complement PCR in improving selectivity and DNA traceability.
Develop DNA and PNA array technology for rapid measurements.
Apply methods for GMO detection in foods.
Develop molecular marker and fingerprinting technology to be used in food quality assessment.
EUrice: European rice: transgenes for crop protection against fungal diseases (www.cerealicoltura.it/eurice/eurice.htm)
Improve and evaluate use of anti-fungal genes in controlling rice blast and stem rot diseases of rice in Europe.
Use resistance transgenes to potentially reduce applications of fungicides in the environment.
Express fungal defense genes in monocot plants using strong constitutive promoters.
Indentify suitable inducible promoters (turn on gene only during fungal attack).
Contain gene flow by targeting defense genes to chloroplast (not transferred in pollen).
Use gene pyramiding to express multiple resistance genes to increase durability of resistance.
Assess risk of gene flow between GM-rice and weedy red rice.
Develop molecular tools for monitoring GM rice after eventual release.