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Ateknea in global genetics scheme for winegrowers

Today, Ateknea Solutions is at the heart of cutting-edge genetics for food and agriculture. Our representative Dr. Encarnação is attending the first DI(VINE)VERSE International Meeting in Lisbon. This initiative –including a professional seminar with the vitiviniculture and biotechnology communities– has the support of a network of multidisciplinary EU and US organisations covering the entire value chain of wine production.

DI(VINE)VERSE has the ambitious objective of creating and organising a network of on-farm conservation vineyards for intravarietal populations of Vitis vinifera landraces, to be used and explored by breeders and farmers. This network will provide full access to this set of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), complying with international directives under the International Treaty on PGRFA and the Nagoya Protocol.

This week, Dr. Encarnação is kick-offing Ateknea’s activities with stakeholders at different sites throughout Portugal. Like Ateknea, each partner involved will start working under the common criteria based on the international skills of outstanding academia, technology transfer associations, breeders, nurseries, farmers’ associations, SMEs and large wine-producing enterprises.

Throughout the next couple of months, we will be contributing to the development of DNA-based diagnostic technologies applied for variety identification and to the definition of exploitation routes for the potential results.

Stay tuned for more information on DI(VINE)VERSE here at our News Channel!

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Ateknea BTA 2015

Vinbot wows BTA visitors

Ateknea Solutions recently took part in the 2015 Barcelona Food Technologies (BTA), now in its 15th edition. The Fair brought together more than 35,000 visitors at Fira Barcelona to discover the latest trends and developments in technology, machinery and ingredients for the food industry.

Throughout the 4-day event, our PhD engineers involved in Encork, Ovoshine, Phenolive and Vinbot attended our stand to present these ongoing projects and their future commercialisation to the general public, business and representatives from across the food sector.

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Ateknea’s Dr. Montràs was on hand to inform BTA attendees about Encork – an innovative solution to detect potentially contaminated corks in bottling plants – and Phenolive – an innovative solution to extract the non-chemical polyphenolic compounds from leftover wet olive pomace in post olive oil production. Their respective prototypes, currently in production chains, were explained in detail to all interested companies.

Ateknea’s Dr. Yáñez presented Ovoshine – a low cost technology which, to date, is presented as the best non-invasive solution to sterilise eggs for human consumption. Yáñez and his team of engineers explained the technology’s developments and as well as the state-of-the-art electronic “noses” that aim to detect diseases such as salmonella without affecting the natural quality and freshness of eggs.

Finally, Dr. Verges-Llahí’s team including PhD student Jordi Bautista together with our Valencian partners Robotnik, showed the BTA crowds the prototype of an autonomous mobile robot capable of measuring the state of the vineyards, Vinbot.  Vinbot sends data to an intelligent central system that helps the winemaker to make decisions based on the land potential and quality for wine production. Indeed, the robot attracted a great deal of attention from curious passers-by to interested parties in in the commercialization of Vinbot for the wine industry following full validation testing.

Our finance experts were also present at BTA to advise visitors interested in European funding to help launch new products, processes or services. Visitors to our stand were treated to a complementary vermouth and olives courtesy of our European partners Encork, Phenolive and Vinbot.

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BTA 2015

Ateknea to showcase food tech innovation at BTA

Ateknea’s Barcelona Office will be taking part at the Barcelona Food Technologies trade fair (BTA) and showcasing examples of innovation in food technology.

The BTA will run from 21-24 April 2015 at Fira Barcelona in the Catalan capital and was last held in 2012, attracting over 35,000 food industry visitors from 85 countries.

The 2015 edition of BTA has become a key date in the agendas of food and drink manufacturers, importers and exporters, engineering firms, and the retail trade who will attend the 3-day event to exhibit and discover the latest technology in the food sector.

Having a successful track record over the past 18 years of developing technologies for the food sector,  Ateknea will be showcasing at the BTA, four examples of its innovative solutions that have been co-financed with European funding.

  • Encork: A solution for the wine industry. Encork is an odour-based detection technology applied to electric noses in bottling plants to stop the potential damage caused by contaminated cork stoppers.
  • Ovoshine: A low-cost solution for the egg industry. A secure and fast UV system in combination with hot air sterilises eggs without altering their fresh and natural attributes, reducing the risk of diseases such as salmonella.
  • Phenolive: An innovative solution for the olive oil industry. Phenolive extracts non-chemical polyphenolic compounds from wet olive pomace left after olives are squeezed to produce olive oil, producing a high-value byproduct for the food sector.
  • Vinbot: A novel solution for viticulture. Vinbot is an independent and all-terrain mobile robot capable of capturing and analyzing vineyards images and 3D data to determine wine production suitability.

Ateknea’s business managers and engineers will also be on hand at the BTA to advise SMEs that are in the process of commercially developing their ideas, products of services for the food industry but seek engineering and financial initiatives to carry out their technological innovation for  market launch and uptake.

Come along and meet us at Stand E-151, Pavilion 5, Fira Barcelona Gran Via. You can also stay updated on our social media.

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