Designation of the project | INTERACT – Integrative Research in Environment, Agro-Chains and Technology

Project code | NORTH – 01-0145-FEDER-000017

Main Objective | opportunities and productive potential based on the local economy, particularly in the field of agri-food resources based on animal production (meat and milk), vegetables, fruits, olives, nuts, wine, forest and native plants, and medicinal plants.

Region of intervention | North

Beneficiary | University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

Date of approval | 03-16-2016

Start date | 01-05-2016

End date | 04-30-2019

Total eligible cost | 4 127 773, 50 €

Financial support from the European Union | FEDER –  3 508 607.47 €

 
The INTERACT Project (Integrative Research in Environment, submitted to the North2020 Program) is a unique case of integration of multiple processes of agroforestry and zootechnical production, taking into account the underlying environmental factors of the Northern Region of Portugal . INTERACT seeks to identify opportunities and productive potential based on the local economy, particularly in the field of agri-food resources based on animal production (meat and milk), vegetables, fruits, olives, nuts, wine, forest and native plants, and medicinal plants . In addition to the desired interaction between numerous productive and environmental processes, the technological development of the region is sought in parallel, mainly through the development and diffusion of innovation and know-how to increase its competitiveness by increasing the efficiency of production processes and added value, not forgetting the sustainability of ecosystems, which implies the use of environmentally friendly technologies. Within the overall proposal of INTERACT, we find 3 lines of research linked: the Innovation Line for Sustainable Agro-Food Chains (ISAC), in articulation with two other lines: Bioeconomics and Sustainability (BEST) and Sustainable Viticulture and Wine Production (VitalyWine). These lines are closely linked with the CITAB Research groups, namely Eco-Integrity, Biosystems Engineering and Sustainable Food Chain, which are joined by other specialists in the fields of socio-economics, chemistry, ecology, geology, molecular biology or veterinary sciences, thus participating several researchers from other centers of UTAD, namely the Center for Chemistry, CETRAD or CECAV.