FFoQSI project nominated for ecoplus Clusterland Award 2019

The Clusterland Award is the highest award for inter-company economic cooperation in Lower Austria. Eleven nominated projects presented their excellent cooperations from the fields of economy and research in the areas of sustainable building, living and renovation, plastics and mechatronics as well as food safety in the form of 3-minute pitch lectures on 5 November 2019. The FFoQSI project "Animal species differentiation via DNA-metabarcoding focus on seafood" was presented by Kristina Gense (FFoQSI) and Verena Peterseil (AGES) and reached second place after an exciting public voting. Congratulations!

The Clusterland-Award was founded in 2004 by Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien as general sponsor of ecoplus Cluster Niederösterreich in cooperation with Land Niederösterreich and ecoplus, the business agency of Land Niederösterreich.

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Lower Austrian Science Award 2019 for Martin Wagner

Prof. Dr. Martin Wagner, scientific director of FFoQSI GmbH and expert in the scientific field of microbial food safety, has received the award of recognition 2019 at the science award ceremony of the Province of Lower Austria. The prize is awarded in recognition of a scientific oeuvre of supra-regional importance. The award ceremony took place during the Lower Austrian Science Gala on 9 October 2019 in Grafenegg and was presented by LH Johanna Mikl-Leitner. Congratulations!

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Recent Advances in Food Analysis, 5-8 November 2019 in Prague

David Steiner, MSc of the FFoQSI Green Area, presented his scientific research results about a new and worldwide unique LC-MS/MS based multi-class approach for the quantitative determination of more than 1,400 agricultural contaminants in feed and food at the RAFA (Recent Advances in Food Analysis) on November 6, 2019. With around 800 participants, RAFA is one of the world's largest conferences in the field of food safety. FFoQSI was also represented with presentations by Prof. DI Dr. Rudolf Krska, Scientific Leader of the FFoQSI Blue Area, and Dr. Michael Sulyok (Scientific Partner).

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FFoQSI Annual Assembly, 10-11 Oktober 2019

The FFoQSI employees and partners met for the second Annual Assembly. The FFoQSI partners presented and discussed the current project progress and there was also enough time for networking. On the occasion of the Annual Assembly the International Advisory Board met again and provides valuable feedback on the scientific work so far.

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Rocking molecules - good vibrations?

By using new handheld near-infrared spectrometers thousands of adults and children instructed by Andreas Zitek, Melanie Diesner and Bernadette Moser (all FFoQSI) could detect fake oregano (mixed with olive leaves) or discover melamine stretched milk powder at the Lower Austrian Research Festival on 27.9.2019 in Palais Niederösterreich in Herrengasse 13 in Vienna by themselves. They were also able to determine sugar and acidity in different apple varieties, and to verify the result by tasting. Also information on fat content, protein content and kilocalories on cheese packages could be checked with the handheld near-infrared spectrometers. Along the way, visitors were given a playful introduction to the basics of infrared spectroscopy (or molecular vibrational spectroscopy - "good vibrations" for unadulterated foods) using simulations and molecular models. The children also enjoyed using the FFoQSI "Truth-Box", which played "It's a fake" when pressing a red button after the detection of counterfeit food, and "Good Vibrations" of the Beach Boys for good, unadulterated food by pressing a green button. There was a great deal of interest in handheld spectrometers that have arrived in the consumer sector, and the testing and tasting of good, genuine and delicious Austrian food was a major highlight of the event.

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Fritz Pregl Medal for Rudolf Krska

Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Rudolf Krska, Scientific Leader of FFoQSI Blue Area and Head of the Institute for Bioanalytics and Agro-Metabolomics at the Department IFA-Tulln (BOKU), received the Fritz Pregl Medal on the 26 September 2019 Austrian Chemistry Days at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, named after the Nobel Laureate, in recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of analytical chemistry. The prestigious award was presented by Prof. Wolfgang Lindner, Honorary President of the Austrian Society for Analytical Chemistry. Congratulations!

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Gut length model of various animals at European Research & Innovation Days 2019 in Brussels, 24 –26 September 2019

The intestinal tract of animals consists of several sections, namely the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, caecum, large intestine, and the rectum. The length of these sections greatly varies among different animal species. We presented a model of the intestinal sections of five different animals (including humans) on the basis of ropes of different colours. The colours represented the different intestinal sections and visitors could learn about the gut lengths of different animals at the WOW projects exhibition of the European Research & Innovation Days 2019.

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Poster Award at Food Chemistry Conference, 17-19 September 2019

FFoQSI employee Dr. Nicole Ollinger won first prize in the category Food Safety and second prize in the category Overall at the second Food Chemistry Conference: Shaping the Future of Food Quality, Safety, Nutrition and Health in Seville (272 posters overall) for her contribution Identification of mold and yeast in bakery - based on PCR. The poster describes a new and time-saving method for the identification of mould and yeast in food companies using PCR analysis, which was developed together with FFoQSI employee Verena Lasinger MSc. The award was presented by Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Paul Finglas (Quadram Institute Bioscience, UK) and Dr. Daniel Granato (State University of Ponta Grossa, Brazil).

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II. FFoQSI Mini-Symposium "Quality and Authenticity" on 19 September 2019 in Linz

This time, FFoQSI’s Mini-Symposium on ‘New analytical strategies for testing the authenticity and quality of food’ with about 50 participants was hosted by the Food Cluster Upper Austria of the Business Agency Upper Austria in Linz with the Mini-Symposium. After the welcome by the FFoQSI management Dr. Jürgen Marchart and Prof. Dr. Martin Wagner, Assoz. Prof. Dr. Stephan Hann (BOKU) explained the successful strategic cooperation of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) with FFoQSI in the field of new analytical strategies for the assessment of food authenticity and quality. Dr. Andreas Zitek (FFoQSI) explained the principles of spectroscopy in a varied and clear way, showed practical application examples of real-time controls with handheld spectrometers and gave an overview of six handheld devices on the market and their possible applications. The business models of the manufacturers, but also the advantages and disadvantages of such devices with regard to the validity and quality of the achievable measurement results were discussed. It was clear from the presentation that the evaluation of this technology and the applied methods is a main focus within the competence centre. Afterwards, Dr. Markus Brandstetter (RECENDT) gave an extremely interesting insight into the world of spectrometric compact and low-cost sensors and showed examples of the inline use of such devices in the monitoring of bioprocesses, the control of oxygen barriers in foils, the classification and differentiation of foods or the detection of biofilms in the food environment. Using carrots from Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Upper Austria, Salzburg and Vienna as examples, Dr. Zora Jandric (BOKU) explained the use of "Multichemical Fingerprinting", a combined application of different mass spectrometric fingerprinting methods, to determine the origin of carrots in a current FFoQSI project. The first results are promising - the carrots could be clearly assigned to the respective growing areas.
The lecture by Dr. Andreas Zitek (FFoQSI) on the use of "Hyperspectral Imaging" for automated, imaging quality assessment of food was also extremely exciting. It explained the basics of the method and showed numerous practical application examples from the determination of freshness of fish and shrimps, the sorting of potatoes or the determination of the ideal harvest time of grapes for wine production. In the afternoon, during the "Hands-on Session" many participants made use of the offer to measure with various handheld micro-spectrometers. Adulterations of oregano (with olive leaves) and milk powder (with melamine) were measured under the guidance of Dr. Zitek, many questions were asked and answered and the limits of these new instruments were explored.

We thank the host Food Cluster Upper Austria for the perfect accommodation and all participants and speakers for this instructive, forward-looking and at the same time entertaining day.

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FFoQSI Area Leader Krska ranked number 8 in food safety worldwide

Based on the impact of about 30.000 articles written by more than 50.000 authors, the Tullner BOKU/IFA-Tulln-Professor and FFoQSI Area Leader Rudolf Krska was ranked No. 8 worldwide. Krska is thus in the top 0.01% of those authors who have published worldwide in the field of food safety since 2009. This success is a great recognition for the outstanding work done in the last decade in the field of food and mycotoxin analysis at the BOKU Department IFA-Tulln and a great team success. These figures are based on the recently launched expert database expertscape (source: http://www.expertscape.com/ex/food+safety).

In FFoQSI, Rudolf Krska is leading the Area "Blue Sky Innovations", and he and his team are participating in several FFoQSI Projects. Together we are very pleased about this success!

I. FFoQSI Mini-Symposium “microbiome research”, 25 June 2019

In the FFoQSI Mini-Symposia we want to give practical information on new scientific approaches to companies along the value chain feed-food to figure out possible fields of application together and to foster inspiration for innovation. In addition, they are of course also a welcome platform for informal networking.

On 25 June 2019 we started at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna with the topic "The potential of microbial research for plant primary production, animal nutrition and food processing". After Benjamin Zwirzitz's (FFoQSI) descriptive overview of methods of microbiome research and some exciting study results on the human microbiome, Angela Sessitsch (AIT) took the fascinated participants into the world of plants and showed them in a descriptive and richly illustrated way which practical methods can be used to influence the challenges of plant production via the plant microbiome in a favourable and environmentally friendly way. Benjamin Zwirzitz (FFoQSI) then took the participants to a slaughterhouse and showed them how DNA-based microbial analysis can be used to precisely determine contamination sources along a production line. Domenico Savio (Karl Landsteiner University) explained the composition, significance and temporal dynamics of the microbiome of karst spring water, which represents 50% of Austria's and 25% of the world's water reserves. Last but not least, Konrad Domig (BOKU) gave a very practical overview of the correct **approach to microbiome research and interesting questions in the food sector.

The event was rounded off by a tour with Martin Wagner (FFoQSI and Vetmeduni) across the campus of the Vetmeduni Vienna and was - according to the enthusiastic feedback of the participants - a complete success.

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Alimentarius Awards Ceremony, 5 June 2019

"A strong force for Europe" - this was the motto under which the Austrian food industry hosted its 18th annual reception on 5 June 2019. Around 300 top representatives from business and politics as well as partners along the entire food chain met in the festive atmosphere of the Hofburg Wien. On this occasion, the newly created science prize DER ALIMENTARIUS of the magazine Die Ernährung was awarded for the first time. We are pleased to report that two out of three award winners come from FFoQSI: Dr. Denise Bänder was honoured for her dissertation entitled "Optimization of gluten-free bread by novel arabinoxylan networks" (Institute of Food Technology at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Regine Schönlechner) and Mag.med.vet. Viktoria Neubauer, PhD for her dissertation with the title "PhD These Tools for modulating rumen microbial fermentation and improving the diagnosis of subacute rumen acidosis in cows" (Institute for Animal Nutrition at the Vetmeduni Vienna under the supervision of Prof. Qendrim Zebeli).

FFoQSI congratulates!

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Campus Open Day at the Vetmeduni Vienna, 25 May 2019

FFoQSI had its own stand at this year's Campus Open Day at Vetmeduni Vienna and informed about its activities. In addition to the content details, a cheese tasting and a pipetting and chromatography station were crowd-pullers for the total of 3,700 visitors to the event. With the FFoQSI stand, Vetmeduni was able to report on its participation in the research centre and comprehensively present its range of activities. FFoQSI would like to thank all participants and all children who visited our stand and gave detailed feedback on our cheese samples... and of course for the numerous, beautiful "chromatography flowers"!

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Best Paper Award for Johanna Brändle

FFoQSI employee Dr. Johanna Brändle received the BOKU Best Paper Award at an academic ceremony on March 14, 2019 for the publication "Novel approach to enumerate clostridial endospores in milk". The prize was awarded by the Anniversary Fund of the City of Vienna for the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. The award-winning paper describes a new method for detecting cheese-damaging clostridia in milk, which was developed in the course of ADDA (Advancement of Dairying in Austria) together with the company SY-LAB Geräte GmbH under the project management of PD Dr. med. Konrad Domig. Research on clostridia analysis will be continued within the framework of the Competence Centre FFoQSI (Feed and Food Quality, Safety & Innovation).

Link to the awarded publication: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodcont.2017.10.017

photo by Fotostudio W. Bichler: Rektor Prof. Hubert Hasenauer (Secretary General of the Anniversary Fund of the City of Vienna), Mag. Daniel Löcker (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna), Dr. Johanna Brändle (FFoQSI GmbH)

FFoQSI Winter Retreat, 25th/26th of February 2019

For the second time, the FFoQSI (junior) researchers, PhDs and their supervisors from our scientific partners came together at the FFoQSI Winter Retreat at the forest demonstration centre of University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences.

Topics besides team-building were the identification of cross-connections between the projects. Guest contributions by Sabine Trost (Head of Staff Development at Vetmeduni Vienna) and Dieter Moll (Research Team Leader Molecular Biology at Biomin) made us think outside the box. The event was moderated by Birgit Baumann (BusinessMind).

The extensive dinner we have earned by a night walk to Forchtenstein Castle.

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Where does my food come from?

It was the second time on February 12-14 2019 at the interactive FFoQSI booth at the "Umwelt.Wissen.Kids" days at the UFT in Tulln. Andreas Zitek, Melanie Diesner (both FFoQSI) and Maximilian Wrede (BOKU) disassembled together with about 1000 children on three days carrots, strawberries, broccoli and fish in their smallest particles, the atoms and isotopes (atoms of different weights of the same element). The "measurements" of the samples were reconstructed in a very clear way, using a magnetic mass spectrometer model (made of wood!), that was developed for teaching purposes. The origin of the food was ultimately determined by the comparison of the measured isotope pattern with an isotopic map. For better understanding, why atoms and isotopes have different masses, Bohr's atomic models were built with the children.

It was a lot of fun again, and in between everybody enjoyed a snack of fresh fruits and crisp vegetables from Austria!

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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, 15 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.

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Vienna Microbiome Stammtisch, 22 January 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, 7-9 November 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, 14-16 September

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, 4-7 June 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, 7-8 June 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, 26 April 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, 13 April 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, 26-27 February 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, 1st February 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, 14-16 November 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, 10 October 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, 16 March 2017

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