Honey+ is one out of the 6 projects that were recommended for funding by FCT, under the call for SR&TD projects in Natural Park of Montesinho. Coordinated by Cristina Delerue Matos, the project was selected among 60 applications.
“Honey+ seeks to enhance the regional economy by adding value to the honey from the Natural Park of Montesinho, through the exploration of new potentialities far beyond the honey's nutritional value.”, as explained by Cristina Delerue Matos, coordinator of the Environmental Chemistry research group and Professor at the School of Engineering of the Polytechnique Institute of Porto (ISEP). The project aims to use honey as an indicator of environmental quality and as a product with antimicrobial properties, with promising applications for wound healing. Honey+ is a multi-institutional project, counting on the collaboration of the Associação dos Apicultores do Parte Natural de Montesinho (AAPNM), the Universidad the Vigo (UVigo), and the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD).
Cristina Delerue Matos and her team are all part of the Grupo de Reacção e Análises Químicas (GRAQ) of ISEP. GRAQ was recently highlighted by the journal SOL, in its magazine Perspectiva Atual, available here. GRAQ has applied its knowledge in close collaboration with the industry. The cohesion of the research team has allowed GRAQ to reach a great scientific dimension, both in Portugal and abroad. Several projects were highlighted to provide an overview of the many areas covered by the team, including the REWATER project, funded at international level by the ERA-NET program.
The secret for success? Cristina Delerue Matos explains - “In a highly competitive field, GRAQ values the group spirit and the internal collaborations. Encouraging them to cooperate instead of competing”.
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