A Spanish research group that has developed a new system for quality control in agro-food products is looking for partners in the food production or biomedical sector to take the system forward towards the marketing stage.
Headed by Carlos Encinas at the Fundación para el Fomento en Asturias de la Investigación Científica Aplicada y la Tecnología in Oviedo, the system uses markers that indicate at a given moment the particular potential of a product or technique, or allow losses in that potential or characteristics after a production, treatment or storage phase to be verified.
In a statement this week, the research group stressed that quality markers are necessary in every production area, especially for quality control in agro-food products, not only for direct consumption of products, but also for other elements such as the quality of producer and produced plants.
Since one of the proposed markers is based on gene expression control, and its relation with specific cellular alterations has been certified, the offer of markers extends to biomedical aspects like therapeutic or faultfinding treatment evaluation, continued the group.
The development of all the proposed analysis areas is based on high-performance liquid chromatography techniques - suitable for vegetable and animal materials - and on capillary electrophoresis. The proposed technology is centred on the following analytical fields: ionic contents analysis, phenolic compounds determination and quantification, polyamine contents identification and quantification, 5mC percentage quantification, and finally, specific gene methylation.