Collaboration with other universities and industry enables research from the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering to have an impact on society. Here are some examples of large collaboration projects.
Ingrid Undeland’s research group at the Division of Food and Nutrition Science is partner in the EU-funded project Waseabi
. Waseabi aims to develop and test new concepts to enable the industry to use a larger part of the landed marine resources for food products and food ingredients. Up to 70 per cent of the aquatic resources globally, and as much as 85 per cent in Sweden, are today used for other purposes than food, e.g. animal feed, or in worse case are even wasted. This calls for many actions to make the seafood industry more sustainable. Ingrid Undeland’s research contributes with knowledge of processes for preservation of food, and processes for the isolation of proteins which can be used in new marine food products. Collaboration partners are, among others, DTU in Denmark, AZTI in Spain, Sweden Pelagic, Alfa Laval and Royal Greenland.
The Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology is one of the partners in the EU funded project SynBio4Flav
. Flavonoids are phytonutrients occurring naturally in plants and they can, for example, be used in the production of food and pharmaceuticals. By using synthetic biology, the SynBio4Flav project aims to provide a cost-effective alternative to current flavonoid production. SynBio4Flav’s scientific challenge is to produce flavonoids by breaking down their complex biosynthetic pathways into standardized specific parts, which can be transferred to engineered microorganisms within Synthetic Microbial Consortia to promote flavonoid assembly through distributed catalysis. SynBio4Flav’s ground-breaking approach has great potential beyond the production of flavonoids. The project’s ultimate goal is to deliver a paradigm shift in biotechnological manufacturing of complex natural chemicals.