Institute of Food Bioresources (IBA) is a food research institute and a public institution under Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The profile of the institute is food research (functional food, food intolerance, food additives, food technologies, food quality and safety, organic food, packaging), development and production.
The main topics of the ongoing research and development activities are:
- cereal, fruits and vegetables and meat quality
- additives in bakery
- bread and fruits and vegetables technologies
- food preservation technologies; food safety and HACCP
- food intolerance (celiac disease and phenylketonuria)
- functional food
- health nutrition
- organic farming
IBA has accredited laboratories by The National Accreditation Body, specifically the physical-chemical, microbiological and packaging laboratories.
Other activities include counseling and feasibility studies concerning the design and supply of laboratories with specific equipment; technological documentation for food products; training in the fields of food industry and food packaging; informative booklets on different issues of food industry; information and dissemination activity.
By Order of Minister of Agriculture, IBA determines the annual quality wheat crop for Romania, by analysing 1000 samples of wheat and publishing of the annual catalog “Annual Crop Wheat Quality”. IBA is also involved in official control of GMOs detection for soy and maize crops, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Within IBA, National Contact Point of 2nd Theme FP7 disseminates information about FP7 (partner-search, national researches, scientific events) through different distribution lists to the research units, industry (milling and baking, milk processing, meat processing, fruit and vegetables), consumers (associations, committees, foundations etc.).
IBA has a good relationship with industry. IBA was chairing for 2 years (2007-2009) EUROAGRI + umbrella within Eureka Program and has initiated Romanian Technology Platform “Food for Life".
IBA was involved in 89 research projects with different topics (nutrition – obesity and diabetes, mycotoxins, food safety, OMG, packaging, foresight, nutrition (osteoporosis, milk quality, obesity) so on. All national projects (73) were cofinanced by industry.
IBA was involved in 3 FP5 projects, 6 FP6 projects (CEC Animal Science, Trainet Future, Food Link, Meda Go TO Europe, Eu Agri Mapping and HENVINET) and 7 FP7 projects (BIONET and AGRIFOOD Results). IBA was also involved in 2 Leonardo da Vinci projects (FoodSafe and Sensorial) and two bilateral projects with Greece (Gluten free products) and The Netherlands.
Scientist involved in COST Action Feed for health: Nastasia Belc