Projects

International

SOURDOmiCS – Network biotechnológie kvasných procesov smerom k novým, zdravším a udržateľným potravinám a bioprocesom
SOURDOugh biotechnology network towards novel, healthier and sustainable food and bioprocesses
Program: COST
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Ing. Hricová Andrea PhD.
Annotation: Traditional sourdough bread resorts to spontaneous fermentations leading to natural selections of microorganisms, mainly yeasts and lactic acid bacteria. Such microorganisms are essentially beneficial to humans and, concomitantly, inhibits propagation of undesirable microbiota. Sourdough fermentation was probably one of the first microbial processes employed by Man for food production and preservation. Sourdough bread stills widely manufactured at farm level across Europe and worldwide and is highly appreciated by consumers for its distinct flavour, texture and healthy attributes. Through a bottom-up approach, this COST Action network brings together a multidisciplinary group of scientists and SMEs/LEs dedicated for many decades to study cereals and sourdough technologies. In upstream, it aims at exploitation autochthonous (pseudo)cereals with good baking, nutritional and healthy attributes, while promoting a sustainable agriculture and preserving genetic diversity. Simultaneously, aims at contributing to develop new business opportunities to local farmers through their engagement into food processing with shared small-scale breadmaking facilities, and the integration into industrial and trade chains. Such features are in agreement with European Agenda for Food and Environment. In downstream, the biotechnological sourdough fermentation exploitation comprises several objectives: design starter cultures with a wide range of biotechnological applications; production of healthy and tasty varieties of bread, thus catalysing changes in consumers\’ diets and market orientations; production of high-added value metabolites resorting to sourdough microbiota; and valorisation of by-products from cereal production and sourdough technologies.
Project web page: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18101/#tabs|Name:overview
Duration: 10.4.2019 – 9.4.2023

National

Mikropropagácia a kryoprezervácia menej známych druhov drobného ovocia
Micropropagation and cryopreservation of less known small fruit species
Program: VEGA
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: RNDr. Gajdošová Alena CSc.
Annotation: Berry fruits are characterized by high nutritional value and are considered as nutraceutical food. In spite of the increasing demand for berry fruits on the market their cultivation is not spread in Slovakia because of the lack of planting material of wider cultivar assortment and its high price. Rapid and profitable clonal propagation of planting material is possible to reach using tissue cultures. The project will be focused i) on elaboration of systems for micropropagation of some introduced less known small fruit species (Vaccinium, Rubus, Lonicera, Amelanchier spp.) utilizable in large-scale propagation of planting material; ii) on development of protocol for long-term storage of small fruit genetic resources by cryopreservation; iii) on testing of genetic fidelity of in vitro derived and after cryopreservation regenerated plants using molecular markers, what enables to evaluate suitability of elaborated protocols for their application for routine propagation and long-term storage of genetic resources.
Duration: 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2020
Morfo-fyziologická, genetická a biochemická odpoveď rastlín láskavca (Amaranthus spp.) na stres vyvolaný ťažkými kovmi
Morpho-physiological, genetic and biochemical response of amaranth (Amaranthus spp.) to heavy metal stress
Program: VEGA
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Ing. Hricová Andrea PhD.
Annotation: Heavy metal accumulation cause in plant tissue serious biochemical, physiological, and morphologicalabnormalities and may interfere with crop productivity. The project aims at morpho-physiological, genetic, andbiochemical responses of the grain amaranth (Amaranthus spp.) to heavy metal exposure, whereby able todeliver a valuable information about their phytoextraction potential and the reference to the impact of metals onbio-organics and nutritional quality. Moreover, gene expression analyses of amaranth genes already known to beresponders to different abiotic stress types in response to heavy metal stress will contribute to understandingheavy metals-regulated gene expression and regulatory networks. The possible temporary endophytic bacterialdiversity changes subjected to heavy metals will be assessed through metagenomic approach.
Duration: 1.1.2019 – 31.12.2021