Research

For more than 25 years CBQF has been generating and publishing knowledge on food and related issues, in many formats and for many different audiences. The research undertaken contributes knowledge in an attempt to address, albeit very partially, 2 major challenges:

THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF THE CITIZEN - particularly focused on the SAFETY OF THE FOOD CHAIN -  generating knew knowledge on key hazards, the risks they represent and the means by which these are controlled and  in THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT - contributing new knowledge and solutions for the identification and mitigation of specific, environmental risks.

THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD SYSTEMS By intervening in THE AGRO-FOODS SYSTEM - by (i) identifying, developing and improving novel ingredients, technologies and strategies which lower costs and add value to food products by their health-, safety- and  sensory-based attributes and (ii) working towards the SUSTAINABILITY OF BIOLOGICAL RESOURCE USAGE - creating a knowledge base which contributes to the optimisation of the extraction of value (in its various forms) from agriculture and other bioresources.

The research executed by the laboratory is structured into three research lines:

  1. Food&Nutrition: safer, healthier, more nutritious and more competitive food
  2. Environment&Resources: Innovative approach to environment and sustainability challenges
  3. Biobased&Biomedical Products: Innovative approach to Bio-based, competitiveness, circularity, sustainability, biological resource usage.