The MOLOKO project is the winner of the European HORIZON 2020 - INNOVATION ACTION call, which received 6 million euros for its realization. The project, started in January 2018, will last 51 months and involves 12 partners from 8 different European countries. The coordinator of the project is the CNR of Bologna and European research centers, SMEs operating in the field of sensor innovation, multinational business companies of the milk supply chain and food safety regulatory bodies are involved.
The project aims at the development of a multi-parameter tool, based on innovative nano-photonic technologies. The miniaturized sensor system will allow the automatic detection of different analytes in milk within some minutes, thanks to its direct integration into the milking system.
Due to our long experience in the milking sector, we are involved as end-user. Our tasks are to develop an automatic milk sampler and to validate the integration of the Moloko sensor in the milking system. We also support the design of the user interface as the information have to be clear and simple to understand for the farmers.
The international environment and the innovation carried out by this project represent a very stimulating challenge for us.
Multiplex phOtonic sensor for pLasmonic-based Online detection of contaminants in milK
The main objective of MOLOKO project is the manufacturing, implementation and validation of a self-managing and automatic miniaturized integrated photonic sensor to be used as process analytical instrumentation for fastresponse on-site monitoring of interest analytes for security and quality within milk supply chain. In particular, we aim at realizing multiplexing quantitative detection of up to 10 analytes among which food safety parameters, e.g. antibiotics (i.e. penicillin, ampicillin, cephalonium) and toxins (i.e. mycotoxins and bacterial toxins) and food quality parameters e.g. lactoferrin and caseins by implementing a highly-integrated optoplasmonic-microfluidic sensor in the strategic checkpoints along the entire supply and value chain of milk.