About the Project

Τhe iFUNcultures project aims to exploit agro-industrial and food wastes as substrates for the cultivation of functional cultures, as well as to isolate prebiotic dietary fibers and/or proteins that will be used as immobilization supports of beneficial microorganisms.

The goal is to further assess the immobilized cultures as functional ingredients for the development of novel foods with potential health effects, targeting regulation of the intestinal microbiome in Type 1 Diabetes mellitus (T1D).


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The Project

Title of the Research Project:
Innovative immobilized functional starter cultures: Characterization and application in production of novel foods with health-promoting potential using agricultural wastes-iFUNcultures

Host Institution:
Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace

Funding Support

Scientific Area:
Food Sciences and Technology


36 months


Contact Info

Kourkoutas Ioannis

Associate Professor of Applied Biotechnology, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace Project coordinator and Scientific Supervisor
+30 25510 30633, +306947024571