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

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
Štúdium vplyvu sekretómu na zvýšenie embryogénnej kapacity pri vybraných druhoch ihličnanov
The study of secretome influence to increasing embryogenic capacity of selected Conifer species
Program: VEGA
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Mgr. Klubicová Katarína PhD.
Annotation: Somatic embryogenesis represents an efficient plant regeneration system for theoretical studies as well as for mass propagation, especially in conifers. Although the process has been initiated for many conifer species, maturation of somatic embryos and somatic seedling regeneration needs deeper understanding. Advances in understanding of maturation and complete plant regeneration are necessary to use the regeneration system for conifer micropropagation. The aim of the submitted proposal is isolation and identification of a secretome of embryogenic cell lines with different embryogenic capacity using proteomic methods and to find potential markers or proteins active in regulation or signal transduction in selected conifer species and contribute to better understanding of process of somatic embryogenesis in woody plants.
Duration: 1.1.2018 – 31.12.2020