Project Acronym:





Traceability of origin and authenticity of olive oil by combined genomic and metabolomic approaches

Subject Index:


Agriculture; Economic Aspects; Food; Industrial Manufacture; Life Sciences; Medicine, Health; Safety



The project concerns the traceability of origin and authenticity of olive oil by genomic and metabolomic approaches. Starting from commercially available cultivars a database will be constructed including all relevant information for science, commerce, marketing and processing in the EU. The project applies established DNA analytical methods based on PCR (SSR, AFLP, RAPD, ITS, retrotransposons and SNP) and metabolic profiling with mass spectrometry to develop molecular markers for application in advanced high-throughput platform, mass spectrometry, Light Cycler and microarrays which allow for a precise discrimination and quantification of different cultivar composition in olive oil of different origin and technological processing. Methods will be validated for their application to forensic tests on olive oils, enabling to understand their composition also in quantitative terms and the presence of frauds.

Start Date:



End Date:





36 months

Project Status:



Programme Type:


5th FWP (Fifth Framework Programme)

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Subprogramme Area:


Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources - Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Project Reference:



Contract Type:


Cost-sharing contracts



Nelson Marmiroli - Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Parma, I-43100 Parma, Italy

Other Partners:


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EU Contact Person:


Jean-Marc Chourot




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