Dr. Simsek aims to provide value-adding strategies through enzyme modification for hemp processing by-products. This project will develop hemp-based protein ingredients with functional dietary fiber and reduced antinutrients.
Dr. Chen and his team will use a green, fast, and large-volume processing approach, enzymatic reaction extrusion (eREX), to modify hydrolyzed pea proteins for improved texturization capacity and bioavailability.
This project investigates dynamic antioxidant combination behaviors in plant-based fat tissue. Antioxidants with different mechanisms and polarities will be combined in oil or protein gel phases in different-sized particles to demonstrate interaction effects and evaluate lipid oxidation.
This project aims to determine the key molecules that contribute to cooked salmon’s odor and flavor and recreate these with optimal plant, fungal, and algal oils. The proposed solutions’ oxidative stability will be determined and possibilities for shelf-life extension provided.
Dr Frank and his team are working to create more desirable plant-based seafood flavors. They will apply natural flavor chemistry pathways knowledge and sensory techniques to identify the most suitable flavor precursors for a range of plant-based seafood products.
This project aims to use the immense diversity in mushroom-producing, new-to-food fungi to create improved fermented products. If the mycelium (the root network) has the same characteristics as the mushroom (the fruiting body), they can create tasteful and healthy products.
The project aims to develop a sustainable toolbox of edible fungi strains to obtain intact RuBisCO from green tea. It bridges fungi fermentation with leaf protein production from waste streams, generating two promising alternative proteins in a single system.
Poor and inauthentic flavors of current seafood alternatives are a barrier to consumers’ acceptance. To address this shortcoming, the precision fermentation startup Nectariss plans to develop realistic seafood flavors based on the fermentation of mycelial fungi.
Dr. Speranza’s project explores solid-state fermentation to develop a protein ingredient with enhanced functionality and nutrition from peanut meal, an underutilized, high-volume by-product. The ingredient will be used to produce meat analogues with a desirable fibrous texture.