ScreenWood Limited

In January 2014, a start-up company was formed with the objective of conducting the research required to commercialize the X-ray based technology previously developed at the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISAULISBOA), capable of non-destructively detecting infected plants and of pinpointing the exact location of blackgoo by CAT or micro-CT within the plants. A patent application on the screenwood technology was submitted, has been granted in South Africa and is currently under exam in Europe, USA and Australia. A contract is currently
under preparation between ISA-ULISBOA (the patent applicant) and ScreenWood, Limited to provide the company with full rights over commercialization of the protected technology.

Role and key persons: 

Supervision of ESR12 will be provided by Dr. Ricardo Boavida Ferreira, Full Professor at ISA-ULISBOA, inventor of the screenwood technology; previous experience on IP and entrepreneurship issues; biochemist

Dr. Helena Oliveira, Associate Professor at ISA-ULISBOA, inventor of the screenwood technology; phytopathologist

Dr. Sara Monteiro, CTO of CEV/Converde, inventor of the screenwood technology; previous experience on IP and entrepreneurship issues; food science

Ana Teresa Vaz, currently working at INOVISA, previous research student on the screenwood technology

Ricardo Chagas, Ph.D. student at ISA-ULISBOA, previous research student on the screenwood technology

Research facilities, infrastructure and equipment: 

Under development, especially in what the production of prototypes is concerned, in collaboration with an X-ray manufacturing company:

  • A prototype for in-line screening of vine plants leaving nurseries; goal: destruction of all plants with internal signs of infection.
  • A prototype for in-field, nondestructive detection of infected plants and precise location of the pathogenic fungi inside the wooden tissues; goal: healing the vines after injecting antifungal compounds.

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