Controlling mIcRobiomes CircuLations for bEtter food Systems



CIRCLES aims to discover and translate innovative microbiomes-tailored circular actions into concrete applications that will ultimately enhance EU food system performances and their overall sustainability. The setup of real-world labs in the field of 6 food systems relevant to the EU market – tomatoes, spinach, poultry, pigs, Atlantic salmon and seabream aquacultures – will, first, enable CIRCLES to increase knowledge on the importance of food system microbiomes as determinants of productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. This discovery phase will nurture the design and implementation of food system-specific microbiomes-tailored circular actions. Relying on an integrative usage of different Smart Microbiome (SM)- modulators, circular actions aim to optimize the microbiomes of food systems, from farm to fork, for an overall improvement of food system performances. The effectiveness of actions will then be tested in the labs in the field. This real-world validation phase will allow CIRCLES to translate the project results into concrete products, applications, procedures and tools, ready to be exploited and communicated to penetrate the EU market. In particular, CIRCLES will conceptualize and create SM-food systems for the 6 CIRCLES food chains, defined as food systems with optimized microbiome configurations. CIRCLES will also provide innovative, newly defined SM-food products, as foods derived from the SM-food systems and certified by Microbiome Transparent (MT)-labels. Finally, a vast panel of food system-specific SM-modulators will be provided as new agro-biotech applications to be integrated into circular actions to reach the status of SM-food system. In conclusion, the conceptualization, creation, and dissemination of SM-food systems, as well as all connected procedures, products, and tools, will allow CIRCLES to endow the EU food systems with new, cost-effective commercial applications for improved productivity, quality, safety and sustainability.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Marco Candela

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Farmacia e Biotecnologie
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione "Guglielmo Marconi"
Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)
A.I.A. - Agricola Italiana Alimentare S.P.A. (Italy)
Centro Ricerche Per La Chimica Fine Srl (Italy)
Emmefood Srl (Italy)
Nordlaks Smolt As (Nl) (Norway)
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt (Finland)
European Food Information Council (Belgium)
Marine Institute (Mi) (Ireland)
Investornet-Gate2growth Aps (Denmark)
Wellmicro Srl (Italy)
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark)
Bolton Alimentari S.P.A. (Italy)
OROGEL Soc. Coop. Agricola (Italy)
Universite Du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
The University Of Stirling (Su) (United Kingdom)
Luonnonvarakeskus Natural Resources Institute Finland (Finland)
Inra Cnrgv (France)
Ms Biotech Spa (Italy)
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy)
Hague Corporate Affairs B.V. (Netherlands)
Previwo As (Previ) (Norway)
University Of Dundee (United Kingdom)
University of Thessaly - Research Committee - UTH (Greece)
DSM Nutritional Products AG, (Switzerland)
Eurovix S.P.A. (Italy)
Veterinaerinstituttet National Veterinary Institute (Norway)
Fciencias Id - Associação Para A Investigação E Desenvolvimento De Ciencias (Portugal)
SOILFOOD OY (SFood) (Finland)
Università  degli Studi di GENOVA (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 9.999.964,88
Project Duration in months: 60
Start Date: 01/11/2018
End Date: 31/10/2023

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Zero hunger This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818290