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BESTMEDGRAPE

Goal: “BESTMEDGRAPE - New Business opportunities & Environmental suSTainability using MED GRAPE nanotechnological products” aims at supporting the creation of new start-ups/SMEs by transferring scientific/technological knowledge on local grape cultivars and exploitation of wine by-products as a source of bioactive compounds that are transformed in innovative commercial health products, when appropriately incorporated in ad hoc nanocarriers.
Living labs/seminars/round tables/meetings/business creation trainings (Contamination lab CLab)/technology platforms will favour the involvement of stakeholders and business creation. Direct beneficiaries are: local farms, wineries and cosmetic and functional food SMEs, researchers, selected potential entrepreneurs and local Institutions, which will benefit from extensive capacity building during and after project performance.
According to ENI CBC Med programme - A.2.1 priority, the proposal fully responds to the Overarching Objective of fostering sustainable economic, social and territorial development. It takes stock from over 10-year R&D of the partners in the fields of grape valorisation, waste exploitation and development of nanotechnological antioxidant/anti-inflammatory/anti-neurodegenerative formulations, areas where international patents have been obtained.
Following a long-standing scientific relationship, a working partnership has been established with institutes were joint investigations on grape have already been carried out:
University of Cagliari (Applicant)
Italian National Research Council (PP1)
National Institute of Health and Medical Research (PP2)
University of Carthage (PP3)
Saint Joseph University of Beyrouth (PP4)
National Trade Union Chamber of wine, beer and spirits' producers (PP5)
Berytech Foundation-Business Innovation Centre (PP6)
Jordan Society for Scientific research (PP7).
The joint group expects to produce a substantial change in areas where winemaking could not profit from recent technological applications due to generalized economic slowdown and conflicts affecting the Med area.

Date: 1 September 2019 - 31 August 2022

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Alba Cuena  Lombraña
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Carignan is a black grape cultivar widely planted throughout the western Mediterranean Basin. The grape faces significant viticultural hazards such as soil salinization, which affects about 6% of the world’s total land area. The search for salt tolerance genotypes to be introduced in crossbreeding programs and obtaining new cultivars is a key factor. The seed germination and salt tolerance of Carignan were studied from different coastal vineyards across the Mediterranean Basin, and as well as whether the distance from the sea affected germination and salt tolerance. Carignan seeds, independently of the temperature and distance from the sea, germinated more than 50% under 125 mM NaCl concentrations. Seed recovery was elevated, including the capacity of gemination after high salt exposure (500 mM NaCl). The results on germination behavior related to the distance from the sea showed that all tested vineyards, except for the one farthest from the sea, had similar germination responses. The optimum germination condition to select salt-tolerant accessions is alternating temperatures 25/10 °C and 125 mM NaCl. Thanks to the ability of the Carignan to germinate in a saline substrate and their capacity for recovery, it could be useful to crossbreeding programs, for integrating as rootstock selection or for the improvement of cultivars through sexual reproduction.
Francesca Meloni
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“BESTMEDGRAPE - New Business opportunities & Environmental suSTainability using MED GRAPE nanotechnological products” aims at supporting the creation of new start-ups/SMEs by transferring scientific/technological knowledge on local grape cultivars and exploitation of wine by-products as a source of bioactive compounds that are transformed in innovative commercial health products, when appropriately incorporated in ad hoc nanocarriers.
Living labs/seminars/round tables/meetings/business creation trainings (Contamination lab CLab)/technology platforms will favour the involvement of stakeholders and business creation. Direct beneficiaries are: local farms, wineries and cosmetic and functional food SMEs, researchers, selected potential entrepreneurs and local Institutions, which will benefit from extensive capacity building during and after project performance.
According to ENI CBC Med programme - A.2.1 priority, the proposal fully responds to the Overarching Objective of fostering sustainable economic, social and territorial development. It takes stock from over 10-year R&D of the partners in the fields of grape valorisation, waste exploitation and development of nanotechnological antioxidant/anti-inflammatory/anti-neurodegenerative formulations, areas where international patents have been obtained.
Following a long-standing scientific relationship, a working partnership has been established with institutes were joint investigations on grape have already been carried out:
University of Cagliari (Applicant)
Italian National Research Council (PP1)
National Institute of Health and Medical Research (PP2)
University of Carthage (PP3)
Saint Joseph University of Beyrouth (PP4)
National Trade Union Chamber of wine, beer and spirits' producers (PP5)
Berytech Foundation-Business Innovation Centre (PP6)
Jordan Society for Scientific research (PP7).
The joint group expects to produce a substantial change in areas where winemaking could not profit from recent technological applications due to generalized economic slowdown and conflicts affecting the Med area.