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Division of Food Production and Society


Photo: Anne Linn Hykkerud
Finished Last updated: 02.08.2021
End: jun 2021
Start: jan 2019
The Baltic sea areas are full of NTFP. Several of these products are seen as very valuable, among others, in the Asian market. But close relationships with the cultivated species as well as misleading marketing of origin leads to risk of scams. In order to preserve food security and the quality stamp of the raw material, manufacturers and processors have a need for simple authentication methods to ensure genuine goods.
External project link NovelBaltic - lead partners webpage
Start - end date 01.01.2019 - 30.06.2021
Project manager at Nibio Anne Linn Hykkerud
Division Division of Food Production and Society
Department Horticulture
Funding source InterregBaltic

The objective of NovelBaltic is to enhance the market uptake of NTFP innovations based on improved R&D related to authenticity and quality and enhanced utilization of the R&D capacity. The goal is to review the market demand for NTFP in selected regions in China and Asia and to evaluate the feasibility of selected business opportunities through techno-economic calculations.

The main planned activities:

Academia and business cooperate to provide new methods to SMEs which proof the geographical origin of their products faster and cheaper and to evaluate business opportunities in Asian regions. The market evaluation will be done during study and contact trips, but also by participating at fairs.

Nibio involvment

The project therefore seeks, among other things, to look for opportunities to differentiate between geographical origin and between species. A number of methods are being tested, differences in biochemical composition, genetic methods, and isotopic methods are some of them.
Nibio's work in the project mainly involves biotechnological methods to authenticate between species and geographical origin.

Project partners:

The lead partner of NovelBaltic is the University of Oulu. Altogether the project partners are from five Baltic Sea Region countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

R&D institutions: University of Oulu, Centria vocational school, Food Institute of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU FI), Lithuanian Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry/Institute of Horticulture (LAMMC IH), The Finnish Forest Centre (Suomen metsäkeskus), NIBIO – The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, SilvEXPO;
business support organisations: Tartu Science Park and Aalto University
Programme: Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Project outputs

A platform is set up to navigate the methods and labs available for proving quality and  authentication of non-wood forest products https://novelbaltic-platform.com/.

Total project budget:

Total budget:  EUR 1,9 million, this includes European Regional Development Fund support in an amount of EUR 1.4 million and Norwegian Funding support in an amount of EUR 0.06 million