Quality and regional produce – research in the food sector

South Tyrolean food products are based on quality, regionality and health and are the result of world-renowned agricultural expertise. In particular, the 40 years of experience by Research Centre Laimburg make it an international recognised authority in post-harvest and fruit preservation technologies. Together with the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, the centre also studies biotechnological approaches for fermentation processes and analyses the geographical origin of agricultural products. The University is specialised in extraction processes with a plant operating with supercritical CO2 instead of chemical solvents; further, it features one of the few nationally certified simulators of the microbial ecosystem of the human gastrointestinal tract. Other key areas of our research in this field are transformation processes, the reduction of the glycemic index and the improvement of nutritional indices and functional properties, as well as nutraceuticals.