|Type of Project||Development and innovation oriented (research) project|
|Keyword||citrus; food security; organic agriculture; circular economy; smart packaging; digital technologies|
|Location||Tunisia; Algeria; Italy; Spain; France; Turkey|
|Main Funder||Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)|
|Coordinator||University of Catania|
|Project Web Site||http://www.biorangepack.eu|
BiOrangePack : Smart and innovative packaging, post-harvest rot management and shipping of organic citrus fruit.
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.
- 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).