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Differentiated & Biofunctional Foods - Projects

Differentiated & Biofunctional Foods


Below please find a selection of ongoing research projects. Project descriptions for several of them are publicly available on websites which can be linked to from this page:

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  1. CellFood Hub

    Jette F Young , Liisa Lähteenmäki , Stig Purup , Esben Skipper Sørensen , Clarissa Schwab , Steen Brock , Stella Spanou , Jesper Emborg & Mogens Sandø Lund

    CellFood Hub aims to disrupt the conventional concept of a food commodity. Cellular food is placed between biotechnology and food and is as such not an established line of research nor an established commercial path – yet. It is in all aspects very much still in its infancy without any large Danish cultured food companies to adhere to or collaborate with. It not only requires new production technologies, production chains, sourcing and infrastructure but also legitimation, transparency, understanding, acceptance and liking from a consumer and citizenship perspective.Description


  2. CircularMeat – Cultured meat from animal derived side-streams

    Jette F Young , Margrethe Therkildsen , Martin Krøyer Rasmussen & Mogens Sandø Lund

    In a balanced meal, meat contribute with proteins, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, bioactive components, and minerals. However, traditional meat production is challenged, because it draws heavily on land and water resources and contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emission. Cultured meat is a future way to produce the same nutrients, with severely reduced impact on the environment. One of the largest challenges in culturing muscle cells in an economic sustainable way with consumer acceptance is eliminating fetal bovine serum (FBS) from the culture media. This project focuses on efficient modeling of culture media composition without FBS, by identifying and validating the combined effect of animal side-stream derived nutrients supplemented with recombinant growth factors for a cultured meat production in a circular perspective.Description


  3. Composition of "CleanMilk" from in vitro grown milk cells

    Lotte Bach Larsen , Nina Aagaard Poulsen , Ulrik Kræmer Sundekilde , Stig Purup & Jing Che

    The overall target of the CleanMilk initiative is to provide a scientific basis for potential future use of in vitrogrown bovine mammary cells for production of milk constituents. This will examine ifsuch systems in the long perspective can contribute to reduce climate gases and thereby contribute to fulfill Danish climate goals for 2030 and 2050.

    The project is financed by the Danish Dairy Research FoundationDescription


  4. DFF-green transmission project: Impact of plant-based diet on the consumption of health promoting microRNA’s

    Martin Krøyer Rasmussen , Milena Corredig & Rong Zhou

    With today’s climate changes and limited resources, the availability of high quality proteins for consumption is increasingly challenged. Plant-based alternative protein sources has been identified. However, animal based food ingredients (e.g. milk) contains exosomes encapsulating microRNA (miRNA) with health beneficial properties. Thus, minor compounds of importance for health are provided by the food and we are currently lacking knowledge about these in plant-based diets. To deliver this, the aim of this project is to map dietary plants that contains exosomes with miRNA and provide proof-of-concept by demonstrating that the exosomes are prone to processing, digestion and has biological activity. This is done by 1) documenting the content of exosomes and miRNA in dietary plants, 2) determine the stability towards food processing and human digestion and 3) deliver knowledge on the health beneficial properties of the exosomes and how to increase the health potential of plants.Description