Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2013-1 | Award Amount: 1.32M | Year: 2014
Since the beginning of the 20th century, the ever growing demand for more agricultural products forced farmers to adopt resource-intensive and unsustainable practices which increased economic and environmental costs. Precision agriculture (PA), one of the most significant advancement in agriculture since the advent of mechanization, allows taking into account the spatial and temporal needs of soil and crop to maximize production and profitability while minimizing risk. Wireless sensors networks have recently emerged as one of the key technologies to implement precision agriculture and have already been applied to precision irrigation, the application of water to a given site in a volume and at a time needed for optimum crop production. However, up to now, the lack of adequate sensors for soil fertilizers sensing prevented the implementation of WSNs for site specific fertilization, the application of the right amount of fertilizers at the right time in the right place. The AgriSensAct project will result in the development of an integrated PA system which will allow precise management of the crops taking by integrating several of the main practices of PA. The proposed system is based on the AgriProbe concept, a modular device including specific modules for sensors, energy supply and communications, that can be tailored for each specific agricultural application. The AgriProbe project will result in the development of new processes both for soil nitrogen sensing and energy harvesting and new product concepts including modular sensor probes and contact-connection systems that will allow the SMEs of the consortium to gain o competitive edge in their respective markets and to expand/consolidate their core businesses.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IAPP | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IAPP | Award Amount: 950.42K | Year: 2013
The Wine industry is an important sector for the EU economy and the development of new wine-related products could lead to sustainable growth and development of the sector. WineSense proposes to improve the extraction process to catch most of the active parts of the polyphenols (present in grapes), to define a suitable formulation for pharmaceutical applications, food, and cosmetics additives based on Solvent Free Microwave Extraction,Microwave Assisted Extraction (MAE), and emulsion-Template techniques combining high pressure and antisolvent effects. WineSense combines the efforts of industry and academia in order to optimize the polyphenol extraction and formulation techniques, intensifying the process and reducing the loss in antioxidant capacity. Only thus we can synthesize an actual active compound that is suitable for health, food and wellness applications, in response to the models and innovative approaches of natural products and the challenges of the European Knowledge-Based-Bioeconomy. This project sets the framework for the transfer of knowledge and long-term collaboration between 3 industrial and 1 academic partners in the field of extraction and formulation of most of the active part of polyphenols (soluble and non-soluble). ToK and collaboration will be fostered through mutual exchange of researchers: 11 researchers from academia and industry will be involved in 88 months of secondments; 2 of them will be experienced researchers recruited to complement the consortium capabilities (36 months of recruitment). Additionally, this project aims at creating strong impact in the involved partners by fostering long lasting networks around its driving technologies such us bio & nanotechnology (EU KETs) and also exploring its potencial applications helping mantein Europe at the vanguard of knowledge technologies. Above all, the combination of partners expertise and capacities will support the success of the project.