Researchers want to convert rapeseed proteins from feed to food

A new research project SEEDFOOD will attempt to create new fundamental knowledge, so proteins can be used for food in the future. The project has been established with a grant of DKK 56 million kroner (~ 7.5 Mio. EUR) from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme and is being led from Department of Food Science at University of Copenhagen. Today, rapeseed is mainly used for the extraction of rapeseed oil, while the residual fraction is the protein which is usually used for animal feed. The focus is on getting the oil out in as good a condition as possible, and that often includes processes that involve high temperatures that damages the protein. The goal is to develop gentle methods where the protein is not damaged. The project will run for a period of six years starting on 1 January 2022.