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ELAION-Innovative Methodological Tools for Traceability, Certification and Authenticity Assessment of Olive Oil and Olives
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Project Summary

Develops an integrated system of innovative methodological tools to trace, certify and authenticate olive oil and edible olives using three complementary state-of-the-art technologies.



  • Develop rapid DNA tests for molecular identification of olive and olive oil varieties
  • Develop rapid DNA test strips to check for adulteration of olive oil with other vegetable oils and adulteration of monovarietal oil with oils of other varieties 
  • Create tools to certify the geographical origin of olive oil and olives using mass spectrometry
  • Prepare a mobile phone application to identify olive fruit based on morphological characteristics



  • Enable easy, accurate identification of olive and olive oil type, origin and authenticity
  • Help reduce adulteration of Greek olive oil with cheaper vegetable oils
  • Help protect consumers and producers from fraud
Source of funding : European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE
Programme and Contact references : Dr Theodoros Christopoulos-Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences - FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas), Patra Dr Panagiotis Kalaitzis-Department of Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology-Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania
Total budget : 961 722,00 €
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