Integral Control of Plant Origin Food
  • Offer integral solutions for the vegetable sector to achieve a greater product quality

  • Offer integral solutions for the vegetable sector to achieve a greater product quality

  • Offer integral solutions for the vegetable sector to achieve a greater product quality

The purpose of this laboratory is to offer integral solutions for the vegetable sector to achieve a greater product quality as well as the optimisation of the productive processes. All the agents involved in the production chain are potential users of this service. Among them are farmers, first and second grade cooperatives, distributors, stockists, wholesalers and retailers.

Services we offer
  • Post-harvest assessment of fruit and vegetables and shelf-life studies depending on the target market
    • Choice of the right moment to harvest depending on the destination (use of non-destructive classification methods, detection of internal damages, digital analysis of the image, etc.)
    • Organoleptic and nutritional characterisation of fruit and vegetables. Shelf-life studies adapted to new markets.
    • Application of post-harvest technologies (1-MCP, AM, AC, edible coatings, active packaging, etc.) to lengthen the useful life of vegetable food.
  • Reduction of the use of plant phytosanitary products

    Determination of latent infections. Design of low-impact decontaminant treatments. Application of zero waste protocol: Alternative treatments and value enhancement of by-products of plant origin.

    • Application of decontamination treatments alternative to the use of hypochlorite (substances of vegetable origin).
    • Studies on the antimicrobial effectiveness physical methods of low-impact.
    • Optimisation of the compounds of interest extraction methods and their possible applications.
  • Development of new products of plant origin

    (level IV and level V type, dehydrated, natural fruit juices, smoothies, etc.)

    • Optimisation of the process to obtain level IV type vegetables: Selection of the most suitable varieties, choice of the preservation treatments, optimisation of modified atmosphere packaging.
    • Design of the process to obtain level V type vegetables: Thermal treatment, packaging design.
    • Development of new products and formats adapted to the market.
  • Assessment of the overall quality of fruit and vegetables
    • Determination of bioactive compounds
    • Nutritional diagnosis of plantations (foliar and fruit analysis)
    • Physiopathy assessment
    • Export protocols: Detection of latent infection of Monilinia (South-Africa export protocol). Laboratory certified in CC Aragon
  • Comprehensive assessment by experts and customised RDI Projects

Equipment available

General equipment

  • Liquid chromatography with triple quadruple mass spectometer (UPLC-TQD).  Waters, ACQUITY
  • ICP Optic Emission Spectrophotometer. Horiba Yobin ibon model Activa M
  •   High-performance liquid chromatography system (UPLC) with fluorescence Detector detectors (FLD), Diode detectors (PDA), Refractive Index Detector (IR). Waters.
  • Gas chromatography with flame-ionization detector and automatic injection system.   Agilent, Model FID 7890A
  • Climatic chambers KBF 240 (Binder)
  • Photochem (Inycom)
  • Microwaves (ETHOS)
  • Labmaster-aw measuring device, Novasina
  • Additional equipment to prepare samples and for conservation: Analytical balances, centrifuges, pH meters, refrigerators...

CIAOVE specific equipment

  • CMS700 Spectrophotometer (Konica Minolta)
  • Calibre (MItutoyo)
  • Firmness measurer by acoustic impulse, AFS SYSTEM (AWETA)
  • Respirometer (PBI- Dasensor A/S)
  • Cooling chamber (Frigo Port)
  • Tecnidex controlled-atmosphere chambers
  • Spectrophotometer 60 S (Thermo Scientific)
  • Colorimeter Chroma Meter
  • Stereoscopiic microscope with image digital camera
Projects I+D+i
  • LIFE Fresh Box

    Call: LIFE 2013 Partners: PCTAD, Fundación AITIIP, Georgia Tech Ireland, KÖLLA GmbH & Co. KG, Transfer Consultancy, LAFUENTE TOMEY S.L. More information in the webpage:


    Tender: LIFE

    Participants: University of Zaragoza, Zerya production without waste; Seipasa; Finca Valleluz; Lafuente Tomey Transfer LBC; Top BV; PCTAD and Chez Pascal BV.

    More information on the web:

  • Technological development of an integral analysis protocol in Fruit juice Manufacturing Processes (from Production to transformation)

    Tender: Technological fund of the CDTI

    Participants: Zucasa

  • Fresh cut endives

    Direct contracting CICHORIUM

  • Overall improvement of the quality of Stone Fruits: from the field to the Products of Tomorrow

    Tender: INNPACTO 2010

    Participants: Orchard Fruit Co, Cofruval, PCTAD and AITIIP

  • Cropping and post-harvest conservation strategies for the adaptation and improvement of cherries and apples grown at high altitudes

    Tender: PID of the CDTI

    Participants: Interlázaro

  • Effect of SF600 on Blanquilla pear

    Direct contracting DOW AGROSCIENCE

  • OPTIMNUTS: Dried fruit and sugar-coated chocolate drops with long self-life suitable for Asian markets

    Tender: INNPACTO 2011

    Participants: Grupo Chocolates Lacasa, PCTAD

  • Optimisation of pre and post-harvest factors to obtain quality apples

    Tender: PID of the CDTI

    Participants: Frutas Villapepita

  • Application of post-harvest technologies to extend the shelf-life of edible flowers

    Tender: ARAID- Ibercaja Technological cheque

    Participants: Flores a la mesa

  • High Quality Cherries for Asian and south-African markets (EXPORTCHERRY)

    Tender: INNPACTO 2010

    Participants: Orchard Fruit Co, and PCTAD

  • Effect of SF600 on Nectarine

    Direct contracting DOW AGROSCIENCE

Research Groups and Strategic Alliances

  • Consolidated Research Group in Food of Plant Origin


Fresh Box
CERO Residuos
NARA - Erasmus +