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08 Dec 2015

Foodtech - Combining a 'Neural' Processor with a Standard Processor

The aim of the project Neuro-DSP to combine the features and capabilities of a so-called 'neural' processor with those of a standard processor and then integrate the hybrid into applications for various industries, including food ­processing and agribusiness. Global Sensing Technologies (GST), a young Dijon based company founded by an industry operator and an academic, whose products are based on a neural technology design, is one of the project …

12 Nov 2015

Lipoproteins - vectorisation of vitamin E in the brain to treat Alzheimers?

Lipoproteins are an area of study with a huge therapeutic potential for both the pharmaceutial industry and for functional foods. The LABEX LipSTIC is leading the way with research in this area. One of their discoveries is the ability of lipoproteins to target areas of the body for precise delivery of liposoluble active compounds.   Labex LipSTIC - leading research into treatments for inflammatory diseases In 2013, Neuropsychopharmacology, the…

13 Oct 2015

Is fat our 6th taste?

Can one actually talk about the taste of fat? The findings of the most recent research by the team of Professor Philippe Besnard, who heads the NUTox (Physiology of Nutrition and Toxicology) team at the Lipids Nutrition Cancer Joint Research Unit, suggest that while the texture and smell of lipids are responsible for oral detection, taste is also involved in human and rodents’ spontaneous preference for fats.   Philippe Besnard has a long histo…

21 Jul 2015

Microorganisms and food - 3 leading research units

Using microorganisms (bacteria, yeast, fungi) to transform food staples such as wheat, milk or fruit into bread, beer, cheese or wine, is an age old human practice. But a better understanding of microbial ecosystems and mechanisms has progressively allowed us to control, industrialise and optimise the production of these foods. The research carried out by scientists in three world-class units - PAM, MICALIS Institute and URTAL – illustrates the t…

25 Jun 2015

Preserving soil biodiversity - 3 innovative solutions by Vitagora members

Soil, and the diverse microorganisms that it contains, supply a number of services to the ecosystem: water filtration, the regulation of above-ground biodiversity, climatic regulation and air quality…   Today, precision agriculture techniques are being developed to preserve our soil’s biodiversity, including the use of high-tech imaging tools and high-performance biosolutions to strengthen natural plant defenses. Genosol, a one-of-a-kind tool f…

15 Apr 2015

Reinventing snacking for the French. The results of an Vitagora/IPSOS exclusive report

An exclusive trend report by Vitagora in partnership with IPSOS recommends developing an on-the-go food offer specific to the habits of French consumers   During the Forum Vitagora event in Dijon on Tuesday April 14, 2015 Vitagora revealed the results of an exclusive report carried out in partnership with IPSOS on the opportunities present for on-the-go and ready-to-eat foods, in contrast to traditional meal formats.   This report includes…

30 Jan 2015

Plant proteins: 3 Vitagora projects develop food industry applications for pulses

Pulses represent an important source of plant protein for animal and human food as well as fixing nitrogen for better soil health. In a context where the yields of other crops are stagnating (rapeseed, wheat, barley etc.) and can lead notably to soil exhaustion, pulses are appearing to be a promising alternative.   For this reason, Vitagora is helping a number of R&D projects to emerge These projects address the critical issue of plant pro…

15 Jan 2015

What conditions would favour a greater uptake of pulse farming

A Vitagora-accredited project is combining agronomy and social sciences to push the uptake of pulse farming in Europe.   The overall changes that agriculture is confronted with are leading more and more agronomists to advocate the integration of certain plants, in particular pulses, into crop systems.   This family of plants - including many  types of beans, lentils or chickpeas -  presents a number of advantages, especially from an environme…

07 Jan 2015

Phenotyping: high tech tools at the service of sustainable agriculture

Dijon's High-Speed Phenotyping Platform is a one its kind tool for carrying out non-destructive testing of plants in perfectly controlled conditions. A high-tech tool at the service of developing plant varietals perfectly adapted to changing climatic conditions.   Imagine a huge building, enclosing adjustable greenhouses and climate-controlled chambers within which thousands of plants are growing on automatic conveyer belts, under surveillance …

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