MOUNTAINS 2020

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MOUNTAIN
RESEARCH
CENTER

O Norte Somos Nós

CIMO is the winner of the "O Norte Somos Nós" Awards in
the category of Research. See video HERE

MOUNTAIN
RESEARCH
CENTER

See a short video
about us

MOUNTAIN
RESEARCH
CENTER

Polytechnic Institute
of Bragança

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FROM NATURE TO PRODUCTS, TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY.

Natural and bio-based ingredients

The strategic objectives of Natural and bio-based ingredients research group will be:

  • Development of protocols for the identification and extraction of bio-active compounds from natural matrices and bio-based residues.
  • Assessment of bioactive and/or nutraceutical properties (e.g. antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antitumor properties), valorising mountain products as functional foods and as sources of nutraceutical ingredients;
  • Implementation of emerging protocols to evaluate bioactivity of food and other mountain products such as medicinal plants.
  • Development of natural and bio-based ingredients in the classes of preservatives, colourants, aromas and bioactives to replace synthetic counterparts widely used as additives in food and cosmetic formulations.
  • Externalization of the innovative natural and bio-based ingredients into other industrial sectors, such as textile, footwear and leather industry.
  • Branding and marketing of mountain ingredients and products through the promotion entrepreneurship activities.