24 May 2019

Protein2Food (P2F)

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:
    1. genetic mechanisms that drive protein formation and accumula-tion in seeds.
    2. plant resilience against biotic and abiotic stresses (pests and environmental factors)
    3. protein interactions with other food components and their sensory consequences in the nal food products

Expected Outcome

  • 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.