Research on the development of functional drinks has been launched in the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Technology of Institute of Horticulture, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry. The functional food products have a positive effect on human health.
The research is carried out under the project “Developing of novel symbiotic functional drink with different plant-based fractions using Medusomyces gisevii culture” funded by the international EUREKA program.
This research aims to develop a functional fermented probiotic drink using a symbiotic culture of Medusomyces gisevii and birch juice as the enzymatic base.
Fractions of various plant raw materials with potential functional properties, such as antioxidant, immune-boosting, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, etc., will be incorporated into this innovative drink.
The project will generate the following outcomes: development of the propagation technology of Medusomyces gisevii mother culture and prototype technology of fermented, increased biological value, functional drink, evaluation of the pilot product prototype version in the food company and production of a pilot batch.
During the implementation of the project totalling almost 280 thousand EUR in value cooperation will be established with partner companies from Lithuania (UAB FUNKCINIAI GĖRIMAI) and the Netherlands (H DROP BV).
Project leader – Prof. Dr. Pranas Viškelis, head of Laboratory of Biochemistry and Technology, Institute of Horticulture, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry.