On November 18th 2014 at 11 am a media conference was held in the main hall of the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology which presented the project „The application of innovative technologies in bioactive compounds isolation from organic waste in the wine production“ financed by the EU structural funds within the 2007-2013 programme/ Call: „Strengthening capacities for research, development and innovation “, RC.2.2.08.
Project was presented (from left to right): Prof. Karin Kovačević Ganić, PhD (FFTB); Miroslav Latal, dipl.ing.agr. (AGROLAGUNA); Prof. Verica Dragović-Uzelac, PhD (FFTB – head of the project); Prof. Damir Ježek, PhD (FFTB).
It was noted that the equipment bought for this project will increase the scientific and research capacity of the FFTB, technology transfer and the commercialization of the research results through the better cooperation with the business sector, and at the same time insure the development of new ecologically acceptable technologies of the exploitation of organic waste biological potential aiming to lessen/annul its negative influence to the environment. Head of the project Prof. Verica Dragović Uzelac, PhD that already implemented a EU funded project „Cherry maraska“ stated that the new project will insure the more efficient knowledge transfer from the scientific and research sector to the business sector, especially to the small and medium enterprises dealing with wine production.
“Most of the countries in the region have developed wine industry and are also being confronted by the problems of the grapes and wine waste disposal. Therefore the results of this research through the development and application of new technologies as well as know-how could have the significant influence on the productivity of small and medium enterprises (SME) and the economy of the region, positioning the Republic of Croatia as an ecologically responsible country and the region leader of the development of the sustainable economy” Uzelac Dragović said. Implementation of this project will therefore create the basis for the research continuation on the other by-products of food industry e.g. olive oil mill waste, apple, cherry, tomato processing waste etc.