Each participating academic research center is a competence center for at least one of the omics technologies and has extensive and long-term experience in the respective area. All reasonable technologies and competences available today for the area of ”authentication” are thus covered. The companies involved also ensure the transfer of the developed processes to the economy and ultimately to the benefit of the consumer.
University of Hamburg
At the leading HAMBURG SCHOOL OF FOOD SCIENCE, both Genome-based studies, e.g. for the determination of botanical identity, as well as targeted and non-targeted metabolome-based spectral studies (LC-MS / MS) are carried out to determine the geographic origin. The area NMR analysis, a complementary vertical metabolomics discipline, is represented by the junior research group FOOD-NMR (HSFS / Department of Chemistry). Proteome analyses, i. e. both the so-called bottom-up and top-down approaches are carried out in the Proteom Analysis group of the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), an institution of the University of Hamburg.
Leibniz-Institute of Food-Systembiology of the TU München
The elucidation of the volatile metabolite or corresponding derivatives of the non-volatile metabolism is accomplished by the Leibniz-Insitute of Food-Systembiology of the TU München.
University of Hohenheim
The field of isotopic and elemental analysis is dealt with by scientists at the University of Hohenheim, Institute for Food Chemistry.
University of Tübingen
The processing of the data is carried out by the Center for Bioinformatics of the University of Tübingen, which develops software solutions for the processing of high-throughput data and the classification of omics data.
La Bilancia Trüffelhandelsgesellschaft mbH
La Bilancia Trüffelhandelsgesellschaft mbH is one of the most important firms in the sector. Their market and product know-how have lead to a top position in the international market for truffles. La Bilancia covers the areas import, processing and distribution of truffles within the cluster.
Agrolab Labor GmbH
Agrolab Labor GmbH is a European-wide acting contract laboratory. Agricultural, environmental, water and food analytics are offered. For the investigation of food quality and safety, state-of-the-art laboratory technology and validated analytical methods are used.
LUFA-ITL GmbH is an accredited contract laboratory of the AGROLAB GROUP specializing in food, feed and water analysis. Experienced and partly also scientifically trained employees are involved in the analysis of food quality and safety. LUFA-ITL GmbH is flexibly accredited in several areas, in molecular biology at the highest level.
SGS Germany GmbH
SGS Germany GmbH is a global leader in testing, testing, verification and certification. Throughout the supply chain, services are offered to minimize risks, ensure quality, and improve product productivity. The analysis and certification methods are constantly being developed and refined.
Institut Philipp Contrade Quality Assurance Laboratory of EURObac GmbH
The Institut Philipp Contrade Quality Assurance Laboratory of EURObac GmbH is one of the few food chemistry laboratories in Germany that carries out microscopic and macroscopic species determination of plant raw materials. The institute has many years of experience in the investigation of fungi. There is special expertise in the microscopic spore analysis of truffles from a worldwide collection.
Starter GmbH accompanies the project and, together with the development teams of the project partners, does the risk assessment. In addition, the relevant documentary requirements are defined and constantly updated. All project activities are evaluated from the point of view of a subsequent approval and a fair exploitation of the project results and are coordinated accordingly.