Main postharvest losses are caused by physiological, pathological and physical damage; being these causes in many instances interrelated. Harvested products are highly heterogeneous and conventional postharvest approaches are not sufficient for an optimum profitability of these foodstuffs. These methods are usually based on controlling the physiological and sanitary status on pre-harvest, for which only a part of the harvest is analysed as a representative of the whole lot.
In order to overcome this problem, REPLAY will develop innovative procedures and methodologies for a sustainable management of post harvested food. This objective will be achieved through a staff exchange structure that will contribute to: (i) food quality assessment; (ii) processing technologies; (iii) food chain sustainability assessment; (iv) dissemination and (v) innovation and competitiveness. To strengthen these research areas, the project foresees staff exchange and networking activities between European and Third Country partners, high-level training of personnel and to create and reinforce networks for future joint research projects.
To deliver innovative post-harvest procedures and methodologies to obtain a sustainable food management system.
- Food quality assessment, processing technologies and environmental impact assessment will be applied to selected vegetables and fruit chains in order to reduce post-harvest losses. Nonetheless, the obtained systems and methodologies would be transferred also to other food chains, namely meat and dairy food chains.
Structure of the Work Packages
The relevance of this proposal lies in increasing the added value and the profitability of harvested food management, starting from their origin, by the prompt sorting of commodities in more accurate and homogeneous subgroups (quality grades). Primary processing techniques and adequate preservation processes would be assessed for the selected commodities to improve their shelf-life. Emerging preservation technologies will facilitate alternatives for low valued raw materials through the development of novel products.
Dates: from 01/02/2013 to 01/02/2017
- Project start date: 01/02/2013
- Duration of the project: 48 months
1 consortium: 10 partners from all over the world
41 researchers, technical and managerial staff
Networking activities between European and Third Country partners.
Four European leading research organisations and six Third Country leading research organisations participate in the exchange activities.
|Partner name||Partner short name||Country||Web link|
|INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNOLOGÍA INDUSTRIAL||INTI||ARGENTINA||http://www.inti.gob.ar|
|STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK||DLO||NETHERLANDS||http://www.wageningenur.nl|
|KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN||KUL||BELGIUM||http://www.kuleuven.be|
|AGRESEARCH LIMITED||AGRESEARCH||NEW ZEALAND||http://www.agresearch.co.nz|
|COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION||CSIRO||AUSTRALIA||http://www.csiro.au|
|OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY||OSU||USA||http://oregonstate.edu/|
|INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO Y DE ESTUDIOS SUPERIORES DE MONTERREY||ITESM||MEXICO||http://www.itesm.mx|
|UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE CHILE||USACH||CHILE||http://www.usach.cl|
European Comission. DG Research