MicNatur is the brand and the image of the company Voz da Natureza, a spin-off of BLC3 whose main activity is focused on scientific and biotechnological research in the mycology subject. Voz da Natureza central aims are associated with the development of innovative and differentiating mycology products.
The company is dedicated to research activities related with the production of native mushrooms and truffles, strengthening the investment strategies for the agro-forest and alimentary industries. MicNatur targets at providing the clients with inventive products based on wild and production mushrooms, marketing inoculum from wild mushrooms and mycorrhizal plants.
MicNatur company is committed in creating and implementing new solutions for the current mycology market, always in constant adaptation to the clients' needs. Using current advanced technology, together with the resources' know-how and support from present I&DT partners, the company is able to reply and adapt to each case with high efficiency and readiness.
The project is focused on the identification and research of native truffle species, with subsequent valorization of this product and development of new applications for the food industry.
Truffles and their derived products are high-valued products with increasing highlight in the gourmet sector. Through the project Truflavours, the consortium Voz da Natureza, Associação BLC3 and Escola Superior Agrária aims at the development and application of new technologies that will further benefit the agroforest, catering and food industry sectors. Aiming at the creation of groundbreaking high-valued products, differentiated from the currently existent on the market, the Truflavours project aims at exploiting several business opportunities related to its two main products: ( i ) plants mycorrhized with Terfezia and Tuber; and ( ii ) truffle aroma for application by the food industry. This will be achieved by pursuing different research activities, namely at the truficulture and biotechnology level, the latter accomplished by production of natural truffle aroma in a bioreactor.
Development and optimization of Aromatized Substrates for mushroom production with distinct aroma, flavor and texture.
The company Voz da Natureza intends to establish and optimize native mushroom production through the use of aromatized substrates, imparting distinct aroma, flavor and texture to the produced mushrooms (results obtained in the current project), differentiating them from the current existing ones at an international level. Consequently, the main focus is the evolution of current mycology knowledge, namely at the level of: ( i ) production of high quality mushrooms, with differentiated aroma, flavor and texture, which is guaranteed by the use of distinct substrates; ( ii ) realization of sensorial analysis of the mushrooms produced in aromatized substrates; ( iii ) production of unique aromatized substrates, which confer the produced mushrooms distinct organoleptic qualities; ( iv )and finally through the optimization of the biological efficiency and production parameters for the referred substrates.
Voz da Natureza's project appeared from the need to increase the value of florest co-products.
MicNatur attended the fair for product divulgation, providing information on a vital co-product of the regions' forest – mushrooms.
BLC3 aims at transforming mushroom production into a crucial sector of exportation for the Center inner region.
BLC3 – Platform for the Development of the Center Inner region has had approved two projects through European Union community funds. The projects aim at boosting the production of two symbolic products of the Portuguese cuisine: Serra da Estrela cheese and native wild mushrooms.
A research project is being developed in Oliveira do Hospital for the study and production of wild mushroom, in a partnership between BLC3, UC and VN. The latter company focuses its activity on the scientific and technological research area, for the development of inventive mycology products.
A biotechnological based project was designed with the main aim of exploring the economic potential of one of the greatest products obtained from forest ecosystems. The project involves a partnership between BLC3, UC and VN, the latter one focused on ground-breaking research in the mycology subject.