240 research devices available for companies

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240 research devices available for companies

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8 december 2015

Wageningen UR provides companies with access to an increasing number of research devices. This number is currently more than 240. The latest device is an electronic nose that can trace chocolate to its country of origin based on its smell.

CAT-AgroFood Shared Research Facilities manages access to Wageningen UR devices for companies and research institutes. The list on the CAT-AgroFood website has grown considerably in the past year, from advanced microscopes to computing time on the supercomputer.

One of the latest additions is the Proton Transfer Reaction - Time Of Flight – Massa Spectrometer. This device is used by researchers at RIKILT Wageningen UR to perform tasks like tracking down food fraud. With its ability to accurately analyse the fragrances of cocoa or coffee for instances, researchers can trace the country of origin of those products. But there is much more to the PTR-TOF-MS. Based on the smell, for instance, companies can analyse which packaging is the best for the shelf life of baby milk, or how the ripening of fruit is progressing.

CAT-AgroFood provides the devices to large as well as small companies. For example, FrieslandCampina, which has located its Innovation Centre at Wageningen Campus, regularly uses the equipment. “But there are also startups that come to us,” says Edda Neuteboom of CAT-AgroFood. “Some companies have experienced staff qualified to use the equipment. If a company lacks this experience, we can also provide staff to perform the measurements.” The short film Shared Research Facilities shows what CAT-AgroFood companies have to offer.

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