Food Quality and Nutrition
Department (DQAN) - Development of new study methods based on metabolomics, stable isotopes, sensory panels and innovation incubators aimed at qualitative, technological and nutritional enhancement of agri-food products
The activities in the field of research and innovation aimed at the qualitative, technological and nutritional enhancement of agri-food products are carried out by this Department, in order to improve the food quality and respond to the needs of the consumer. The research activities are carried out using new study methods, based on advanced technological platforms and infrastructures (metabolomics, stable isotopes, sensory panels, innovation incubators), and by adopting an integrated approach of a multidisciplinary nature. Innovative technical platforms and a systematic approach make it possible to carry out studies of fundamental significance, generate new study methods and obtain improved knowledge of agri-food products. The Department aims to support product and processing innovation based on knowledge of the food and agriculture sector. It promotes the use of research in the fields of biological sciences, consumer science, metabolomics and traceability as tools for innovative production. Provides a human nutritional research nucleus for the emerging strategic area of nutrigenomics. It carries out research, both in the laboratory and at the pilot project and company levels, providing scientific support for the creation of products and processes with added value, based on knowledge, ideas and innovation.
Head of the department: Fulvio Mattivi