DETECTIVE: Detection of NGT products to promote innovation in the European Union


The DETECTIVE project is developing innovative detection methods to facilitate the traceability of animal and plant products produced using new genomic technologies (NGTs).

Project description

Products produced using new genomic technologies (NGTs) are currently regulated in the EU as genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This means that they are subject to authorisation procedures that include specific methods for the detection, identification and quantification of the corresponding food and feed. The methods commonly used for transgenic GMOs are usually not suitable for NGT products. The overall aim of the project is to develop, validate and promote innovative detection methods for plant and animal products using new genomic techniques (NGTs) such as gene editing and cisgenesis. This will support the traceability, authenticity and transparency of NGT products.

Benefits of the project

The traceability of these foods is of great importance for their labelling and the associated freedom of choice for consumers, for which appropriate detection methods are essential. This requires the development of (cost-)efficient and comprehensive detection systems in the area of plants and animals obtained through NGTs. DETECTIVE works on sustainable food systems and ensures the integrity and reliability of food on the European market. In doing so, it actively contributes to the objectives of the European Green Deal and the Farm-to-Fork strategy.

Project details

Project title: Detection of NGT products to promote innovation in the European Union

Project acronym: DETECTIVE

Project leader: Dennis Eriksson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Project management AGES: Rupert Hochegger

Project partners: XPRO Consulting Limited, Eigen Vermogen van het Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek, ARCADIA International E.E.I.G., Centre wallon de Recherches Agronomiques, Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit, Nacionalni inštitut za biologijo, Instytut Hodowli i Aklimatyzacji Roślin Państwowy Instytut Badawczy, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit, Instytut Nauk Prawnych Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Wageningen University, Euroseeds, University of Bayreuth, European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders, HFFA Research GmbH, Progenus SA, Université de Neuchâtel, Joint Research Centre, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Funding: The DETECTIVE project is funded by the European Union under Grant Agreement 101137025

Project duration: 01/2024 to 12/2027

Last updated: 05.02.2024

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