International conference entitled: “State-of-the-art technologies: challenge for the research in Agricultural and Food Sciences“, was organized from April 18-20, 2016 at the Tulip Inn Hotel in Belgrade. The main aim was to present the possibility to apply new state-of the art technologies in the field of agriculture and food sciences. The Conference will also include the achievement of the AREA project in Plant, Animal, Microbial and Food Sciences as a result of new expertise in DNA-based and Raman microscopy/spectroscopy technologies.
AREA project was presented at 83th Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad. Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad is the leading trade fair in the field of agribusiness in the Western Balkans and Southeastern Europe. It gathers the most significant companies in agribusiness and agricultural production, scientists, business delegations and representatives of the media and visitors from all areas of social and economic sectors. The fair was visited by more than 125,000 visitors.
Assistant professor Tanja Petrović (IMMOBIOG) finished her training from 20th May to 30th May 2016 at Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Strasbourg, France. The aim of this training was to learn the different techniques of micro and nano encapsulation of active substances. Under the supervision of prof. Thierry Vandamme microencapsulation of active substance by extrusion-spheronization was done, using microcrystalline cellulose as a carrier.
Teaching and research assistant Saša Despotović (IMMOBIOG group) visited Technical University of Munich, School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan Munich, Institute of Brewing and Beverage Technology, Germany from 27th to 29th, May 2016. The host of visit was Dr. Becker Thomas, Professor.
Professor Radmila Stikić (Project coordinator and PLANTPHYS group leader) and Professor Zorica Jovanović (WP2 leader and member of PLANTPHYS group) visited Technology Transfer Office, Aarhus University, Aarhus, INCUBA Science Park, Aarhus, Agro Business Park, Foulum, Aarhus University and Department of Agroecology, Foulum, Aarhus University, from 22-26 May 2016.
Assist. Prof. Zorica Ranković-Vasić (FRUITBREED group) completed training in DNA-based technologies. The training was organized at School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Reading, UK from 20th May to 30th May 2016, under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Ordidge and Edward Venison. Aim of this training was to learn new skills and methods from DNA-based technologies, which will allow the team to advance research in grape breeding with special attention to variability between collected samples of different grapevine cultivars.
Nemanja Mirković (FOODTECH group), PhD student, completed the training in HPLC and MALD-TOF. The training took place at the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Ireland, from 17th May to 31st May, 2016, under the supervision of Dr.Paul D. Cotter. Aim of the training was to obtain basic knowledge and skills necessary for using HPLC and MALDI-TOF for the purification and characterization of antimicrobial peptides from lactic acid bacteria.
Professor Viktor Nedović (IMMOBIOG) visited National Food Technology University, Kiev, Ukraine from 23 – 26 May, 2016. The host of visit was Prof. Yaroslav Zasyadko, Pro-rector of the University (International and European integration). The visit was focused on establishing of new cooperation initiating new activities and projects (in Horizon 2020), exchange of students, cooperation in technology transfer.
Professor Viktor Nedović (IMMOBIOG) visited Campden BRI Magyarország Nonprofit Kft., Budapest, Hungary from 12-17 February, 2016. The host of visit was Dr. Andras Sebok. There were some joint activities in the recent past through Capinfood project, meetings and discussion of the related issues (in Athens in November 2015 for example), and based on it the new ones were planned.