Lower Austrian Innovation Award 2018 - New method to examine cheese milk

Our company partner SY-LAB Geräte GmbH, represented by Manfred Schinkinger, was awarded the Lower Austrian Innovation Award 2018 for the submission "World First for the Investigation of Cheese Milk".

Compared to conventional methods, the new automatable application enables a much faster, more sensitive and more selective quantification of cheese-dense clostridia in milk. The procedure (patent pending) was developed in 2016 within the framework of the COMET-K-project ADDA (Advancement of Dairying in Austria) in cooperation with the BOKU Institute of Food Science (Konrad J. Domig, Johanna Brändle) and is already successful in the international market.

The innovative method was also nominated for the Econovius 2019, a special prize which is awarded as part of the Austrian State innovation award.

Research on clostridia analysis is now continued within FFoQSI.

Photos by WKNOE/Kraus. 1st photo L-R: Manfred Schinkinger, Johanna Brändle, Konrad Domig. 2nd photo, L-R: Petra Bohuslav, Sonja Zwazl, Manfred Schinkinger, Stefan Szyszkowitz

Meat Technology Day 2019, 15th January

"Quality instead of quantity" was the motto of this year's “Fleischtechnologietag” (meat technology day). It was already the seventh time that the ecoplus Food Cluster Niederoesterreich organized this event, in cooperation with the Food Cluster Upper Austria, the private HTL for Food Technology Hollabrunn as well as the Meat Technology Center Hollabrunn. About 60 interested representatives of the meat industry got together to hear about new developments in animal welfare, technology and hygiene.

Eva Wagner (FFoQSI) introduced her current research topic, the problem of biofilm formation in food producing environments. In her talk "Biofilms - where do they come from and how do we get rid of them?" she gave a brief overview about relevant biofilm-associated problems in the meat processing industry and explained how biofilms are studied in the laboratory. The aim of this joint research with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and the Research Center for Non Destructive Testing (RECENDT) is to better understand and characterize biofilms within the food environment in order to find targeted intervention strategies.

In course of this research project, a device for easy real-time detection of biofilms will be developed, which in the future will be a novel, user-friendly method for rapid hygiene control.

Fotos by ecoplus Food Cluster Niederoesterreich

Vienna Microbiome Stammtisch, January 22 2019

FFoQSI hosted the 2nd Vienna Microbiome Stammtisch. This gathering, organized by two PhD Students (Jakob Thannesberger, MedUni Vienna & Benjamin Zwirzitz, FFoQSI) provides a regular, casual meeting platform for young scientists working in the field of microbiome research to connect, exchange ideas, or just talk about their daily challenges in a relaxed and friendly environment. It is mainly addressed at PhD students and Postdocs, but everybody who is interested is warmly welcome - from undergraduate to PI. If you are interested in the next Stammtisch please contact Benjamin Zwirzitz (benjamin.zwirzitz@ffoqsi.at).

FFoQSI Annual Assembly, November 7-9 2018

The FFoQSI employees and partners met for their first 'Annual Assembly'. The town hall in Tulln set the scene for it, and mayor Peter Eisenschenk emphasized the great significance of technology and innovation for the location Tulln in his welcoming speech to more than one hundred participants. The FFoQSI partners presented and discussed the current progress of the project and there was also enough time for networking. On the occasion of the Annual Assembly, the International Advisory Board also met for the first time and provided valuable feedback on the scientific work to date.

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Vienna Research Festival 2018, September 14-16

Trace Your Food - Where does the food on my plate come from? With this station, researchers from the Competence Centre FFoQSI and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna have presented a method for reading the chemical information of the food‘s region of origin. This information tells us where the food is coming from and if the packaging contains what it says. 11.000 visitors joined in and the rush at the FFoQSI booth was huge, as can be seen in the pictures.

Austrian Hygiene Award 2018, June 4-7 2018

Within the frame of the 36th annual conference (4th-7th June 2018) of the Austrian Society of Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP), which took place in Graz this year, FFoQSI employee Dr Johanna Brändle has been awarded for the publication “Novel approach to enumerate clostridial endopores in milk“ (read here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2017.10.017) with the Austrian Hygiene Award 2018, sponsored by Diversey Austria Trading Ltd.

The publication is one of the results of the ADDA (Advancement of Dairying in Austria) project under the leadership of Konrad J. Domig at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. More research on clostridial analytics is being continued at FFoQSI.

Poster Prize at MoniQA Symposium, June 7-8 2018

Two contributions from the Blue Area for strategic innovation have been awarded with the Best Poster/Abstract Prize within the MoniQA Symposium “Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management”, which took place in the Event Pyramid in Vösendorf near Vienna from 7th to 8th June 2018. Both contributions “Determination of origin and authenticity of fish by elemental and Sr-isotopic fingerprints” und “IsoPROTECT – towards a terrestrial and aquatic involvement” have been submitted and presented by DI Dr Andreas Zitek, MSc, scientific project coordinator and lead researcher of the Blue Area, and “Determination of origin and authenticity of fish by elemental and Sr-isotopic fingerprints” hast been selected for a short presentation.

The abstracts to the symposium will be published as a supplement to the 10th edition of the peer reviewed online journal by Wageningen Academic Publishing “Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods” (p. 1-27) open access.

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FFoQSI Opening Location Wels, April 26 2018

FFoQSI Wels officially celebrated its location at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Wels within the event „Opening of the Competence Centre FFoQSI“. With representatives from politics, economy and science the competence centre was opened with an official cut the ribbon ceremony. In his welcome speech LH Stv. Mag. Dr. Michael Strugl especially emphasised the importance of FFoQSI for the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Wels and the expansion of the research field LTE in Upper Austria. The event was enriched by scientific lectures with information about the FFoQSI research projects. Afterwards, true to the FFoQSI topic „Nutrition“ for networking we didn´t go to the buffet but did „applied field research“ …

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Long Night of Research, April 13 2018

FFoQSI presented itself within the framework of the Long Night of Research in Tulln. We informed about our research programme and got kids excited about the components of food. Numerous small and big artists designed impressive pictures with our grain and corn varieties, and got a prize for them. The bigger ones diligently solved our page of puzzles and earned their prize in this way. A big thank you to all future researchers for your participation and creativity at our stand. We are especially pleased that we could contribute to the achievement of a new record attendance at the location Tulln with 4700 visitors.

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FFoQSI Winter Retreat, February 26-27 2018

The FFoQSI researchers, phDs and their supervisors came together for the 1st FFoQSI Winter Retreat at the forest demonstration center of University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. A large part of this two-day retreat was used for teambuilding and to get to know each other - moderated by Birgit Baumann, BusinessMind, but the scientific content didn´t miss out either: new project ideas were discussed and interconnections between the projects were identified and developed.

Intriguing impulses, fuel for thought and guidance by key note speakers Dr. Graham Tebb (Vetmeduni Vienna), Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Huemer (Fischer Brot GmbH) and Univ. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Mayrhofer (Vienna University of Economics and Business) on the topics training, management and career completed the programme.

On the joint night hike through the snow-covered forest up to Rosalia the participants could directly experience the impact of leadership, cohesion and trust :-).

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FFoQSI Academy - Plant drying – efficient and newest techniques, Febraury 1 2018

In cooperation with the Institut für Landtechnik (BOKU) another event of the FFoQSI Academy took place, at 01. February 2018. The topic was Plant drying – efficient and newest techniques. More than fifty participants from industry and academia followed the seminar held by two referents.

Dr. Barbara Sturm (Institut für Landtechnik der University of Kassel) gave an overview on the most actual trends and elements for efficient „smart drying-technology”. Based on practical examples she showed that a technical adequate constructed drying system is the prerequisite for successful drying. Environment parameters and the characteristic of the material have to be considered.

DI Christian Aschauer (Institut für Landtechnik, BOKU) gave an impression on (bigger) industrial drying by solar heat. He pointed out the high relevance of stringent planning and a technical up-to-date plant concept to ensure efficient operation.

Intensive discussions between the referents and the audience lasted for several hours at the buffet after the seminar.

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CSI – not in New York, Las Vegas or Miami, but in TULLN - where else?

Trace your Food“ was the topic that FFoQSI, together with the VIRIS laboratory of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), made tangible for us (800 pupils between 10 and 14 years) at the first „Umwelt.Wissen.Kids" days on January 17-18 2018.

We slipped into the role of CSI agents and experienced first-hand - guided by Anastassiya Tchaikovsky and Andreas Zitek - how isotopes are sorted by their mass for tracing the origin of our food, using a self-made mag(neti)ic mass spectrometer model (made from wood (!), developed by Andreas Zitek). In the style of the legendary „CSI shot“ we investigated models of atoms and isotopes and learned how FFoQSI and BOKU are able to uncover the mostly hidden alibi of food...

… and in passing we tasted lots of fresh, crunchy vegetables from Austria. :-)

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FFoQSI Academy - Hyperspectral imaging, data processing and multivariate image analysis using matlab scripts, November 14-16 2017

Between 14. and 16. November 2017, the first event of the FFoQSI Academy "Hyperspectral imaging, data processing and multivariate image analysis using matlab scripts" hosted by the Blue Area of the FFoQSI Center and organized by Ao. Prof. DI Dr. Thomas Prohaska, Department of Chemistry Chemie, BOKU together with Ao. Prof. DI Dr. Barbara Hinterstoisser, Department of Material Sciences and Process Engineering, BOKU, took place at UFT Tulln.

At the center of event led by Dr. Ferenc Firtha (Szent István University, Faculty of Food Science, Physics and Control Department Budapest, Hungary) and DI Dr. Andreas Zitek, MSc (Department of Chemistry, BOKU) was the development of applications for the automated control of food quality using spectral methods. Therefore, both control mechanisms have been programmed and statistical methods for processing and evaluating hyperspectral images have been taught and learned. For this purpose measurements of own brought samples were carried out, and the data were evaluated under instruction. In the future, further events with special topics in automated food control with focus on the automated processing of hyperspectral images are planned.

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First FFoQSI Area Meeting GREEN & RED, October 10 2017

Running under the slogan "We are a Centre" the FFoQSI consortium partners of of the RED and GREEN research areas met for information exchange, project planning and, of course, networking.

Jürgen Marchart gave an overview about the development of the Centre and filled knowledge gaps regarding foxes in general. In the following, Scientific Director Martin Wagner and the Scientific Area Leaders Rudolf Krska and Thomas Prohaska provided a big picture of the FFoQSI research programme. After the lunch break, the project groups came together for strategic project planning and to become (better) acquainted with each other.

By the time of the final wrap-up at the latest, it was clear to everyone that the consortium partners started forming a team that is so much more than the sum of its parts. Last but not least, our four new "foxes" from Upper Austria were welcomed to the team and joined the meeting - you find more information under "company".

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FFoQSI Opening, March 16 2017

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