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Publication on paper of the II Luis Vañó Prize for Research in the field of Olive Oil Production

We publish the winners of the II Luis Vañó Prize for Research in the field of Olive Oil Production

Libro Luis Vaño - aceite de olivaD. Luis Vañó, President of Castillo de Canena, and the Rector of the University of Jaén (UJA), Manuel Parras Rosa, have published the awarded studies in the II Luis Vañó Prize which was delivered last February.

In the presentation of the book the winners were also present: the
Professor of Physical and Analytical Chemistry from UJA, D. Ruperto Bermejo, who won the first award with the work”Virgin olive oils enriched with new antioxidant from microalgae for the prevention of degenerative diseases“, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the UJA Elías López, who won the second prize with his study “High Efficiency Assisted Air Spraying for the Application of Pesticides”.

As you already know, the winning study in this year’s edition of the Prize allows us to hope that by enriching virgin olive oils with lutein, the habitual consumption of these oils might become an effective means of preventing degenerative eye diseases. The researchers derived the lutein from the cultivated micro-algaeScenedesmus Almeriensis which naturally produce the carotene, which is also present—albeit in minimal quantities— in Extra Virgin Olive Oils.

The research carried out by the professors Ruperto Bermejo, Francisco Gabriel Acién Fernández and José María Fernández will recieve 6,000€ in prize money as well as a commemorative plaque and the actual publication of their work.

Professors Elias López, Juan Antonio Almazán and Francisco Alberto Díaz receiving the second prize

The Castillo de Canena Luis Vañó Prize for Research in the Field of Olive Oil Production also includes a second prize, which has been awarded to the study “High Efficiency Assisted Air Spraying for the Application of Pesticides”.  This work introduces a new prototype which acts as a pantograph arm, applying a fine spray of pesticide to leaf surfaces in a much more rational and precise manner, avoiding product loss and thus both saving expenses and more fully respecting the environment. This research was carried out by the professors Elias López, Juan Antonio Almazán and Francisco Alberto Díaz. The second prize is endowed with 1,500€ as well as a commemorative plaque and the publication of the work, which has been already funded by the Castillo de Canena company.

November 2014

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