The Innoleaf project will transform the olive leaf into an innovative ingredient for animal nutrition

The Innoleaf project will transform the olive leaf into an innovative ingredient for animal nutrition

2018/09/04 - An Operative Group coordinated by Innovaoleo works on the innovation project Innoleaf, whose objective is the integral use of the olive leaf, an industrial by-product that generates annually in Andalusia alone 514,345 tons. Its main challenge will be to obtain products with high added value for the international animal nutrition market.
However, it also contemplates future possibilities of commercialization in the pharmaceutical, human food and nutraceutical market.

The project addresses a series of scientific and technical challenges such as obtaining second-generation bioactive compounds; the development of post-extraction technologies that improve the bioactivity and bioavailability of the products created; the chemical characterization of the products developed, through high-efficiency instrumental techniques; Obtaining scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of these technologies in a high-impact animal model such as pigs; and the promotion of cooperation between agents, from the farmer to the market. The final objective will be to transfer the results of the project to the Andalusian agroindustrial sector.

For all this, the project has the participation of the Center for Research and Development of Functional Food (CIDAF), the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of Granada, the Experimental Station of Zaidín (EEZ), belonging to the Spanish Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), and the cooperative Oleícola el Tejar Nuestra Señora de Araceli.

The research team of the UGR, coordinated by the researchers of the department of Analytical Chemistry Antonio Segura Carretero and David Arráez Román, has extensive knowledge of the chemical composition and bioactivity of the phenolic and terpene compounds present in the olive leaf, as well as as a great experience in the characterization and study of bioactivity of olive oil and by-products of the oleic industry.

The Innoleaf project started in January 2018 and lasts 24 months. Its budget is 218,330 euros and has been financed by the Andalusian Council through the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, as well as co-financed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment and by EAFRD funds.
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