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23.09.2016 11:33

Provincial Council and CIDAF Sign Bioactive Compound Agreement.

The Provincial Council of Granada and the Functional Foods Research and Development Centre (CIDAF) have signed a collaboration agreement for the production of bioactive compounds which may have health benefits and could potentially be used in the treatment of certain diseases. CIDAF, which is based in the Bioregion building in the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS), will extract the compounds from the non-edible parts of tropical fruits.

The agreement being signed in the Bioregion building in the PTS.

The collaboration agreement was signed by the president of the Provincial Council, José Entrena, who was accompanied by the provincial representative for Sustainable Development and Employment, Ana Muñoz, the director of CIDAF, Alberto Fernández, and the managing director of the PTS Foundation, Jesús Quero. The agreement sets out their shared commitment to support new R&D&I projects linked to the province's agrifood sector. One such project is the "New agricultural bioeconomy on the tropical coast based on the extraction of bioactive compounds from tropical by-products"

In addition, CIDAF and the Provincial Council will contribute to knowledge and technology transfer and help to promote the Granada Flavour brand coordinated by the Provincial Council. The two institutions have also decided to create a collaborative space for the design and, in some cases, management of R&D&I projects of mutual interest. These projects can then apply for regional, national and European funding.

After signing the agreement, both José Entrena and Alberto Fernández spoke of how pleased they were with the new partnership. José Entrena said that "it is essential to make use of these tropical by-products for research". He also spoke about the importance of the Granada Flavour brand and the boost it will get from this new collaboration agreement.