24 May 2019
Aims & Objectives
- to develop innovative, cost-effective and resource-effcient food crops that are high in protein, with a positive impact on human health, the environment and biodiversity
- to significantly enhance the quality and quantity of proteins from selected seed crops (quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat) and grain legumes (lupin, faba bean, chickpea and lentil), by using a multi-disciplinary approach, involving genetics, agronomy, and food-processing engineering, as well as sensory, socio-economic and environmental assessment
- to gain a better understanding of:
- genetic mechanisms that drive protein formation and accumula-tion in seeds.
- plant resilience against biotic and abiotic stresses (pests and environmental factors)
- protein interactions with other food components and their sensory consequences in the nal food products
- to enhance the protein production by 25% through new effective breeding techniques and optimised crop management, with an increase of 10% of Europe’s arable land destined to protein-crop production, including marginal soils
- accelerate the transition in consumption of animal-based protein to plant-based protein in Europe with clear impact on reducing the carbon footprint
- increase Europe’s agro-biodiversity by introducing novel high-quality crops develop prototypes of new protein-rich foods with a viable market potential
improve Europe’s visibility in the area of food processing and technology through scientic publications in high impact factor journals
|Start date: April 2015
End date: March 2020
|PROTEIN2FOOD has been awarded funding from the EU research and innovation framework programme, Horizon2020, under the Societal Challenge 2 – Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy.
Grant agreement No 635727.