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Project launch PROLIFIC For Nutrition, Health and Innovation

Project launch PROLIFIC For Nutrition, Health and Innovation
The PROLIFIC research project (Innovative Fermented Dairy Products and Ingredients for Target Populations) will assess the health benefits of fermented dairy products in young children and seniors

The project is led by a consortium bringing together academic research teams from Brittany and Pays de la Loire and industrialists grouped within Bba Milk Valley.

 Its total cost is 14 million euros over five years, co-funded by research institutes, manufacturers from Bba-Milk Valley, and the local governments of Brittany and Pays de la Loire regions. PROLIFIC includes five PhD theses, three post-docs and 90 months of fixed-term contracts at technician to engineer level. Yves Le Loir, director of UMR STLO, is responsible for coordinating the project, which was launched at the start of the 2020 university year.

Perspectives :  

Selection of bacterial strains


The researchers will characterize the bacteria that belong to a collection of microorganisms (CIRM-BIA) or that will be isolated from breast milk. They will particularly look at their ability to activate the gut-brain axis in animal models and their potential to participate in the cognitive development of children or in the prevention of neurodegeneration in seniors. They will also study the ability of these bacteria to stimulate the immune system to prevent the onset of food allergies and inflammatory diseases.

Development of innovative know-how

An important part of the PROLIFIC project will be devoted to the technological applications of the scientific results. The demonstrated beneficial effects will indeed have to resist industrial processes. The aim is to provide industrial partners with innovative solutions and know-how applicable to their own products: infant formulas, fermented milk, cheeses, cheese specialties, etc, or to generate new products to conquer new markets.

PROLIFIC partners

  • Laboratoires impliqués dans Prolific
  • UMR STLO (Science et Technologie du Lait et de I'Œuf) et CIRM-BIA - Rennes (35)
  • UMR NuMeCan (Nutrition, Métabolismes, Cancer) – Saint-Gilles (35)
  • UR BIA (Biopolymères Interactions Assemblages) - Nantes (44)
  • UMR IRISA (Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires) - Rennes (35)
  • UMR TENS – Nantes (44)
  • UMR LS2N – Nantes (44)

See also

Industrial consortium Bba Milk Valley