The healthy and sustainable solution for wheat
Researching wheat’s microbiome to unlock all of its potential
A whole new world to discover
The WHEATBIOME project aims at contributing to the current knowledge about the role of wheat microbiome on healthier and sustainable development. Currently, 1 trillion different microbial species inhabit the Earth, from which soil and plant microbial communities are really important.
will study the role of microbial fermentations in the quality of foods and feeds, considering the release of Celiac Disease-related peptides and bioactive compounds and recirculating wheat by-products with the goal of upcycling food waste. The interactions between wheat and animal or human microbiota will be determined and its health-related effects will be assessed. Also, sustainable farming practices for resilient and nutritious wheat crops will be delivered and perception of food system actors and citizens about microbiomes within food systems will be analysed.
A key crop for humanity
Wheat has been a key crop for human development thanks to its low growing requirements and because it’s considered as a well-known source of protein and energy. But food and crop production are facing several challenges nowadays, due to factors like demographic growth or climate change, among many others. Also, according to the European Commission, 65% of current European Union soils are expected to be damaged, which makes soil restoration a priority aligned both to the EU’s Green Deal and the Farm2Fork Strategy.
Also, the increase in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases is unquestionable and, moreover, the incidence of autoimmune-related disorders is also alarming. Among them, celiac disease in Europe affects up to 3% of the overall population while many cases remain undiagnosed. Thus, there is an urgent need to struggle for healthier and tastier food solutions providing proper nutritional quality aligned with low immunogenic potential and high organoleptic perception.
Process Objectives For The Development And Implementation Of Wheat biome