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Oral and poster communications by INL at BioIberoAmerica 2022

After the editions of Salamanca and Brasilia, the BioIberoAmerica Congress held its 3rd edition in Braga – Portugal, April 7-9, 2022.

BioIberoAmerica 2022 is a unique congress that brings together scientists, entrepreneurs, industry and clinical representatives, who develop their research and work in the area of biotechnology.

This three-day event featured oral presentations, poster sessions, debates, workshops and parallel sessions. The topics covered the different areas of biomedicine and biomaterials, agricultural, marine, food, environmental and industrial biotechnology (bioenergy and bioremediation), molecular biotechnology, systems biology and metabolic engineering, bioreactors, biocatalysis, separation processes and biosensors, biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology, Bioinformatics, Ethics and Society. In this edition, BioIberoAmerica 2022 participants were invited to submit their papers on a new research topic – Sustainable Food Systems in Iberoamerica.

Our colleagues from the INL have participated in the congress, where they presented their papers related to some of the articles developed under the SEAFOOD-AGE.

In other sections of the website you can find the poster and the presentation made by our colleagues.

Successful tasting of the RTE SEAFOOD-AGE product

On April 7, a blind tasting of seafood products for people over 65 years old was held in Vigo. This was the second tasting, after the one held in Orense last October.

The event, which took place at the headquarters of Afundación in Vigo, included a talk on healthy eating given by the nutrition expert Mr. Manuel Penín, an hedonic test of food products and a group product evaluation.

In order for the tasting participants to be as objective as possible, the details of the products to be tasted were made known at the end of the activity.

Both the training on healthy eating and the product tasting activity were very well received. Thirty-four people participated in the talk and thirty-one in the tasting. Three different recipes were tasted and discussed after the tasting. In addition, the SEAFOOD-AGE project was presented to the participants.

The product was well accepted and aroused a lot of interest, both with regard to the nutritional approach and the use of discards and the revaluation of marine products.

Afundación and Espazo+60 collaborated in the development of the activity, both with the people who attended and with the cession of their facilities.

Collaboration from IIM, OPROMAR, IRMRS, IPMA, BENBOA, NOTPLA, Fundación Dorzán and CETMAR was appreciated during the organization of in this event.

Seafood-Age project presented at the Business2Sea 2021 event

Past November 18th from 10:00h to 11:30h, our coordinator Eva Balsa-Canto was presenting “Strategies for the Green Deal at SEAFOOD-AGE Project” at the workshop on «Green technologies and circular economy towards climate change mitigation and sustainability»

The 11th edition of this event was organised by Forum Oceano and Fundación CETMAR in a hybrid format in Vigo, Spain.

Seafood-Age 6th Project Meeting and 2nd training session

For the first time in two years, the interim meeting went presential, more precisely hybrid. The M30 meeting was held past 8th & 9th November at the INL in Braga.  

A total of 34 participants attended the meeting, 18 of them online.

•          8th November: Coordination and Communication issues were addressed by Eva Balsa-Canto (IIM-CSIC) and Uxía Vázquez (INXENIA), followed by Elena Couñago (CETMAR) who presented the first results of the tasting trial developed with the collaboration of Fundación Dorzán. Afterwards, short presentations were made on behalf of BENBOA, LANC, IPMA, IIM-CSIC and IRMRS to give an update of the last developments made regarding the obtention of ingredients and the production of the RTE product. Paco Teira (BENBOA) offered a sample of the fillet with sauces to the partners and Manuel López (NOTPLA) showed the sachets that will be included in the final product. Finally, Uxía Vázquez (INXENIA) presented preliminary results on the carbon footprint of the SEAFOOD-AGE product and the progress made regarding packaging was presented by Maria de Sousa (UCC), Marta Lopez (IIM-CSIC) and Manuel Lopez (NOTPLA)

•          9th November: During the morning the 2nd training session addressed to the partners took place. This session, organised by Rozenn Le Vaillant (TQC) counted on the participation of Harri Määttä (OUAS), Ina Bremenkamp (UCC), Manuel Lopez (NOTPLA) and Hayley Alter (LANC), who gave didactic and demonstrative speeches on aspects related to packaging and smart predictive labels. The meeting finished with the participation of Carmen G. Sotelo, who talked about labelling and traceability. To wrap up, the project coordinator made a review of the project progress and invited to debate on the call for extension.

PrinLab participates at the Oamk’s Northern Responsible Food webinar

Our partner Harri Määttä (from PrinLab – Development Laboratory for Printed Intelligence) presented the outcomes of Seafood-Age project during the introduction to printed electronics as part of a panel discussion in an OAMK’s webinar at 5.11.2021.

Presentation of PrinLab and printed electronics can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5lyh2zLV74 from 7:06. The panel discussion where Harri was participating and discussing about the smart labels in safety and traceability of food started at 10:41.

“Oamk’s Northern Responsible Food webinar discussed, among other things, what responsibility means in food production and how to guarantee safe food for consumers. And how can technology such as printed intelligence be utilized in the food industry, and how does top chef Sami Garam think the future will change the contents of our dinner plate”

1st tasting trial event with potential consumers (people >65)

In the framework of SEAFOOD-AGE project WP3, CETMAR organised a tasting trial event with potential consumers (people >65) in Ourense (Spain), to explore elderly eating acceptance towards innovative RTE seafood products.

To start with the activity, a nutrition for healthy ageing talk by a specialist from Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (NUTRIAGE project) was developed in order to encourage the participation in the trial, and also to raise awareness about healthy ageing.

Secondly, three recipes were presented with different SEAFOOD-AGE food products. With the help of a form and a focus group, information about their preferences was collected. Although results from the tasting trial is under revision yet, this activity proved to be of great help to better shape the product. Moreover, the activity had a great acceptance among participants, who were really excited to be part of this experience, to learn about this project and to taste this food for the first time.

Apart from project partners collaboration to elaborate the presented recipes (from ingredients to packaging), the associate partner Fundación Dorzán was key for the organization of this event.

Collaboration from IIM, OPROMAR, IRMRS, IPMA, BENBOA, NOTPLA, Fundación Dorzán and CETMAR was appreciated during the organization of in this event.

Our partners from Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk) participating at the Alihankinta Subcontracting Fair on 21st -23rd September

Finland’s leading industrial event Subcontracting and AlihankintaHEAT 2021 was organized for the first time after the pandemic gap year on September 21–23 2021. A total of 917 exhibitors from 16 countries and 7.460 visitors participated the event at Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre.

The Subcontracting Trade Fair is an event where various innovations are exhibited, including products, services, production methods and processes, materials and components. The Subcontracting Trade Fair showcases the entire Finnish industry and its top companies. Annually there are hundreds of exhibitors from countries across the world and every year, over 2,000 innovations are presented.

Among the exhibitors, PrinLab – Development Laboratory for Printed Intelligence participated showing their experience in designing, manufacturing and test services to support R&D work. They took the opportunity to disseminate SEAFOOD-AGE project and show the Smart Predictive Label developed in the framework of this project.

New INL publication on techniques for rapid detection of pathogenic microorganisms in foods

A new article related to the detection of E. coli O157 has been accepted. On this occasion, the INL researchers have developed an isothermal technique (RPA) combined with a sample treatment that allows the detection of the bacteria on the same day the analysis is started, being able to see the result with the naked eye by color change, or with the help of a UV lamp.

This new article is added to others that INL has been publishing throughout SEAFOOD-AGE project with the support of FEDER funds through the INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme:

Video tutorials developed by IPMA instruct on how to assay biological activity of compounds

During the 1st training session organised by TQC on 4th November, the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) showed the different methods to assess the bioactivity of ingredients. This action was intended to familiarize the partners with techniques and processes that can be carried out at lab. IPMA’s presentation was supported by a series of video tutorials developed by them in the framework of SEAFOOD-AGE project.

Now, these videos are available through SEAFOOD-AGE Youtube channel for any researcher or technician interested in these techniques:

How to obtain extracts from the algae Alaria esculenta in the lab?

How to assay in the laboratory the reducing power of biological compounds?

How to assay in the laboratory the chelating activity of biological compounds?

How to assay in the laboratory the antioxidant activity of biological compounds?

How to assay in the laboratory the anti-obesity activity of biological compounds?

How to assay in the laboratory the anti-hypertensive activity of biological compounds?

How to assay in the laboratory the antidiabetic activity of biological compounds?