The general purpose of this project is to maximize the quality of rose-water obtained from roses of the species of Rosa damascena Mill. (Rosaceae) (Damask Rose) simultaneously with an attempt to minimize the costs related to its production while creating a more competitive product in terms of consumers' satisfaction. We therefore aim to improve the Cypriot rose-water and promote it to a capable product that can compete at an international level, not only by economic criteria but mainly by qualitative properties. With this study, we aim to improve the rose-water produced by finding the ideal conditions related to harvesting time, storage conditions and distillation parameters and thus by developing a prototype of a standardized production protocol that will minimize the production costs. This high-quality rose-water can be promoted in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries due to its therapeutic properties.
The major objectives of this project are:
1) To examine the physical characteristics of the R.damascena roses and the chemical composition (including phenolic profile and essential oils) of rose-water produced from the aforementioned,
2) To examine the role of harvesting time, storage conditions and distillation conditions in the resulting quality of rose-water obtained from the flowers,
3) To examine the antimicrobial activity of rose-water in terms of harvesting time, storage conditions and distillation conditions.
4) To develop a prototype of a standardized production protocol that will ensure constant high quality production, maximizing the efficiency of the procedure and thus, minimizing the production costs.
Sigint, as a software/hardware development company, foresees to deploy a wireless sensor network, implementing edge of technology Internet of Things (IoT) and develop a central management platform that will be able to statistically analyse and correlate the collected environmental parameters with the end product quality and quantity performance. Such a complete and modular platform and the related software application are expected to create opportunities into a new market (precision agriculture) both locally and internationally. The modularity of the platform and the possibility to be incorporate a great variety of wireless sensors, will provide a powerful product, customizable to the specific needs of each client based on the peculiarities of his cultivation.