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Biogenetics targets product authenticity and traceability
The SeQfood (Secured Quality Foods) Horizon 2020 project runs until the end of May this year.
It relies on proprietary Genowas-GENOMID fingerprinting technology, a system for agrifood certification and labeling by 2DNA codes which provide information of identity, composition and geographical origin.
Biogenetics said costs and delivery time are comparable to PCR techniques but it provides greater information in a one-step assay.
The firm added by commercializing SeQfood it will be able to penetrate the growing food traceability market and consolidate its position in genomics, proteomics and metabolomics. Product information will be freely available in the SeQfood web.
It is doing a feasibility study and a business plan where technical, commercial and financial resources and requirements are analyzed.
Biogenetics already has a platform called Genomid for certification of food identities based on nucleic acids.
Quantitative pathogen detection
In another Horizon 2020 project, which ended last month, rqmicro looked at a novel testing technology that delivers quantitative pathogen detection results within one hour.
CellCount with reagent kits and microfluidic cartridges isolate and quantify microorganisms.
It combines the technology of rqmicro’s first instrument CellStream and flow cytometry and uses technologies, established in the academic environment, and applies them to industrial applications.
Finally, the EU-funded LIST_MAPS project is organising its annual symposium in Kinsale, Ireland on 26 April. It will address several facets of the ecology of foodborne pathogens.
LIST_MAPS (Training and research in Listeria monocytogenes Adaptation through Proteomic and Transcriptome deep Sequencing Analysis) is a network dedicated to training young researchers in microbiology and systems biology.
The project, which runs until end of February 2019, is coordinated by Universite de Bourgogne and involves University College Cork, Wageningen University, Biofilm Control SAS and Genxpro Gmbh.