The Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA-CNR) is a centre of excellence, worldwide renowned, acting in the fields of scientific research, innovation and technology transfer aimed to improve safety and quality of agro-food products. By creating synergistic actions between scientific research and production sectors with the transfer of scientific knowledge, ISPA-CNR fosters technological innovation paths of small, medium and large national and foreign agro-food enterprises.
In particular, in the field of food and feed safety, innovative methodologies for detection of mycotoxins, toxigenic fungi, microbial pathogens and allergens in cereals, wine, pasta, milk, baby foods, dried fruits, are being developed in national and international projects.
Particularly noteworthy is the current coordination by ISPA-CNR of a large cooperative research project within the 7th European Framework Programme (with 25 partners) aiming to reduce mycotoxins in food and feed chains. In the area of food production, research is mainly aimed at improving food nutritional and organoleptic quality, adding value to typical local products (dairy, bakery and meat products, fruit and vegetables).
Innovative lines of probiotic and functional foods using traditional products are being developed in cooperation with enterprises and regionally-based medical and health research groups to demonstrate health benefits.