The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is the largest university in Scandinavia with 37,000 students and 7,500 staff. Two departments, UCPH-PLEN and UCPH-FOOD, under the Faculty of Science take part in the project.
UCPH-PLEN – Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
The Department’s mission is to provide research, education and dissemination of knowledge in the area of food. The department performs research within food science and technology and covers all disciplines of food science in the chain from raw materials to processing and consumption with a focus on solving issues related to global challenges and often for the benefit of the industry.
Key competences relevant for PROTEIN2FOOD lie within the field of advanced analytical biochemistry and natural product chemistry combined with bioprocessing technologies for isolation and characterisation of plant products for food and feed. A fully equipped pilot plant facility scalable for industrial production is available for the project. Analytical methods are available for individual seed components, of nutritional as well as anti-nutritional importance, protein characterization and protein digestibility. Bioprocessing developments have been performed in EU projects including a) BOP – Bio-refining of rapeseed, b) HealthyProFood – focusing on lupin, c) GLIP (FP6), new strategies to improve grain legumes for food and feed, d) NovelQ (FP7), concerning novel processing of high-quality and safe foods. Recent projects on plant protein bioprocessing have led to patents of which several are being licensed by SMEs.
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UCPH-FOOD – Department of Food Science
The department’s mission is to stimulate basic research and the synergy between basic and applied research in biology and environmental science. The focus is on plants, microorganisms, animals and the environment as the basis for the sustainable production of food and other biological products.
The Department has long-time experience with studies of agricultural development and crop science, including under-utilized species, crop adaptation and crop stress physiology. UCPH- PLEN, with Sven-Erik Jacobsen as coordinator, have handled the coordination of several EU projects; a) LATINCROP – An integrated strategy for the conservation and use of underutilized Latin American agro-biodiversity (FP7); b) “SWUP-MED” (FP7), working on climate proof cropping systems in Morocco, Syria, Turkey and southern Europe; and c) WATERWEB (“Water resource strategies and drought alleviation in Western Balkan agriculture”) (FP6).
Read more on www.food.ku.dk/english/