BiOrangePack : Smart and innovative packaging, post-harvest rot management and shipping of organic citrus fruit.

Project identifier 203-BIORANGEPACK
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2020-01-01
End date 2023-01-01
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Animal and crop health
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade: Bio-economic strategies
  • Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Programme PRIMA
    Keyword citrus; food security; organic agriculture; circular economy; smart packaging; digital technologies
    Location Tunisia; Algeria; Italy; Spain; France; Turkey
    Budget 973 350
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator University of Catania
  • Centre for Colloid and Surface Science
  • Sicilian Center of Nuclear Physics and Physics of Matter (CSFNSM)
  • University of Tunis El Manar
  • University of Valencia
  • University of Carthage
  • École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique (ENSA)
  • University of Ankara
  • DECCO Italia s.r.l.
  • AGDIA emea
  • OP Cosentino
  • Centre Technique des Agrumes (CTA)
  • French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
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    Project scope:

    To increase the efficiency, sustainability and competitiveness of organic citrus supply chain in the EU-Med area by reducing post-farming fruit losses caused by fungal pathogens, extending the shelf-life of fresh fruit and minimizing the wastes of the fruit industrial transformation.

    Specific objectives:
    • Development of an integrated and sustainable management strategy of post-harvest fungal rots and toxins, using ecological substances and bioproducts based on microbial antagonists as well as a process quality control system based on the identification of critical points in citrus packinghouses (Exploitation of natural antimicrobials to guarantee product stability and reduce incidence of foodborne pathogens)
    • Development of smart packaging systems, using either physical approaches to make polymeric films less permeable to both humidity and active gases or nanotechnologies to activate the packaging with a cellulose-based biocoating releasing substances that inhibit the growth of fungal pathogens (Adoption of smart packaging technologies with low risk of microbial cross-contamination, validated in actual Mediterranean production systems)
    • Application of a circular bio-economy strategy to the citrus supply chain using citrus pulp as a row material to produce new biodegradable, smart and green packaging for fresh citrus fruit and citrus juices, as complementary to plastic packaging. (Alternative processes valorising side- and by-products, constituting environment impacting wastes)
    • Improvement of logistics of fresh citrus fruit by exploiting smart technologies to implement a remote sensing platform and a cloud-based infrastructure as a decisión support system to optimize shipping conditions and reduce losses caused by post-harvest rots during storage and transportation (Application of post-farming strategies and logistic solutions to reduce food losses during storage and transportation).