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DREAM - Design and development of REAlistic food Models with well-characterised micro- and macro-structure and composition


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Project Title: Design and development of REAlistic food Models with well-characterised micro- and macro-structure and composition 
Acronym: DREAM
Cooperation Work Programme: 7th framework program; Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology
Funding Scheme: Large Collaborative Project
Project Number: 222654
Number of Partners: 18
Budget: 8.639.415 €
EC Contribution: 5.995.786 €
Duration: 48 months (from 1st of May 2009 until 30 April 2013)
Project Summary
DREAM is a trans-disciplinary partnership involving two multinationals and nine countries, which will develop realistic, physical and mathematical, food models for use as standards to be exploited across all major food categories to facilitate development of common approaches to risk/benefit assessment and nutritional quality in food research and industry. These models will enhance knowledge on process-structure-property relationships from the molecular to macroscopic level and facilitate creation of generic food matrices with functional and nutritional properties based on tailored microstructure. To address as wide a range of food products as possible, four generic structure groups will be used representing plant-based foods; meat; dairy and bakery products; for each, the most relevant types of products will be selected using criteria including structural characteristics and industrial and societal needs, ensuring that benefits/risks, economic importance and sustainability are taken into consideration. The model development will be conducted in close collaboration with food manufacturers through a specification-based approach. The objective of the mathematical approach is to realise a complete dynamic description of food processing using an innovative strategy exploiting most recent advances in cognitive and complex system sciences to allow the generalised methodologies to be extended to other food products. Models and protocols developed within DREAM will be disseminated by expert partners via existing channels (EFFoST, ETP and national platforms, CIAA and national federations, EFSA, national regulatory bodies) to be used by scientists, SMEs and multinationals to improve nutritional quality and benefit-risk management of the food chain. The involvement of the ETP Food for Life will ensure that the approach and the results will be disseminated to a large number of potential users and motivate researchers to extend the approach to other foods.
Organisation: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
Address: 147 rue de l'université
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Country: France
Website: www.inra.fr
Phone: +33(0)1 42 75 90 00
Fax: +33(0)1 47 05 99 66
Contact: Monique Axelos  
Address: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) Nantes
Country: France  
E-mail: Monique.axelos@nantes.inra.fr
Phone: + 33 2 40 67 51 45  
Participant Organization Country
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) France
ADRIA Développement (ADRIA) France
Campden BRI (CCFRA) United Kingdom
Campden BRI Magyarország Nonprofit Kft. (CC HU) Hungary
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) France
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-ISPA) Italy
INRA Transfert (IT) France
Institut de Recerca y Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA) Spain
Technical Institute for Dairy Products (ACTILAIT) France
Institute of Food Research (IFR) United Kingdom
Central Food Research Institute (KEKI) Hungary
Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc) Ireland
Top Institute Food and Nutrition (TIFN) The Netherlands
Société de Recherches et Développement Alimentaire Bongrain (SOREDAB) France
United Biscuits (UK) Limited (UB) United Kingdom
University of Ljubljana (UL), Biotechnical Faculty Slovenia
Technical Research Centre (VTT) Finland
Wageningen University (WUR) The Netherlands
"The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n°FP7-222 654"
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