Unit of Experimental Fruit and Berry processing Head of Unit – Dalija Seglina, Dr.sc.ing. Unit of Experimental Fruit and Berry processing Unit of Experimental Fruit and Berry Processing at the Institute was started in 1997. Main activities: Evaluation of new fruit varieties suitability for procesing; Development of new products and utilization of by-products as valuable source of food ingredients (Laboratory of the Experimental Fruit and Berry Processing); Determination of chemical composition of traditional and non-traditional fruits, berries and their products (Laboratory of biochemistry); Estimation of shelf life and storage regimes for different fruit crops and cultivars (Laboratory of fruit storage research). Common staff: 3 leading researchers; 1 resarcher (student of PhD); 2 scientific assistants (1 student of PhD); 2 laboratory assitants (1 student of Bachelor). The Experimental Processing Unit provides practical background of Bachelor, Master and Doctor studies for students of the University of Latvia – Faculties of Biology and Chemistry; Riga Stradiņš University – Faculty of Nutritional science, as well as the Latvian University of Agriculture – Faculties of Agriculture and Food Technology. Unit of Experimental Fruit and Berry processing The aim is to create a new knowledge and products, develop innovative technologies that could promote the progress and competitiveness of fruit-growing and food sector in Latvia. Relevant research directions (2006-2013): • Research on unconventional plant material (fruits, seeds, leaves, stalks, fruits waste) as a source of bio-components for food and pharmaceutical industries: The Japanese quince seed oil – new promising bio-oil; Fruit and berry press cake – rich source of fiber and bio-active components; New local crabapple cultivars suitable for cider and novel products manufacturing; Sea buckthorn vegetative parts – prophylactic products with high antioxidative effect. • Development of fresh-cut salads on the bases of local fruits (apple, pears, berries). • Research on apple storage in various regimes (incl. CA and 1-MCP) suitable for commercial production. Results of scientific projects and works related to the processing • EUREKA E!3490 - in cooperation with Institute of Organic Synthesis and Aptiekas Produkcija Ltd (Latvia) and Kaunas Technical University (Lithuania). Raspberry mash (new food supplement) showed a pharmacomoduling effect on mice sarcoma S-180. • EUREKA E! 6240 – in cooperation with Riga Technical University; Silvanols and Aptiekas Produkcija Ltd (Latvia) and Belgrade Technical University (Serbia). Excellent utility value of the cold-pressed Japanese quince seed oil due high amounts of linoleic and oleic acid, as well α-tocopherol, β-carotene, squalene and β-sitosterol. • EU-co financed project “Use of sea buckthorn vegetative parts for development of prophylactic products with high antioxidative effect”- in cooperation with Silvanols Ltd (Latvia). Sea buckthorn vegetative parts – rich source of lipophilic and hydrophilic compounds with high antioxidant and antibacterial activity for industrial applications. Results of scientific projects and works related to the processing Recent achievements since 2006: 52 scientific and 16 popular-scientific publications (incl. 2 PhD Thesis, 3 Master Works, 2 PhD students); 11 national and international projects (incl. 4th Framework, 2 Eureka, 1 COST projects); 47 presentations in the international scientific conferences; 3 Latvian patents registered by the Institute and co-authors by the 3 Patents of Latvia University of Agriculture and 1 of “Silvanols” Ltd; Participation in 9 international exhibitions in Latvia and Germany; Cooperation with local enterprises resulted in development over 10 new products and technologies finalized on the market. Results of scientific projects and works related to the processing Success of Japanese quince ! Technology of dried candied fruit of Japanese quince - Patent (2002) The technology application for commercial production (2004) Introducing to manufacturer (2005-2007) First patent license sales (2008) „Dried Candied Cido” (product developed by „Amberbloom” Ltd with close collaboration LVAI) nominated as a top ten new products of the year “Innovation 2012”, “Fruit Logistica 2012”, Berlin. Results of scientific projects and works related to the processing Success of Japanese quince ! In cooperation with the most famous confectionery company in the Baltic “Laima”, a new product - "Bitter chocolate with nuts and quince” was developed (2011– 2012). Cooperation Latvia University of Agriculture, Faculty of Food Technology; Agency of Latvian Agricultural Academy Research Institute of Biotechnology and Veterinary Medicine "Sigra“; Latvian Institute of Organic synthesis, Laboratory of Pharmacology; Latvia University, Faculty of Chemistry; Riga Technical University, Latvia; Riga Stradiņš University, Faculty of Nutritional science; Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment "BIOR“; Institute of Horticulture, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Lithuania; Research Institute of Pomology and Floriculture, Skierniewice, Poland; UBF Untersuchungs- Beratungs- Forschungslaboratorium GmbH, Germany; The Institute of Fruit Growing, Belorussia; Polli Horticultural Research Centre, Estonia; Department of Food Biochemistry and Analysis, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland.