SLU – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
SLU is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden.
The Department of Molecular Sciences conducts research and education in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, food science and microbiology with focus on fundamental aspects as well as sustainable development and applications in the Green sector.
Two research groups from Molecular Sciences are involved in HealthFerm: Food structures and properties lead by Prof. Maud Langton and Food Biotechnology lead by Prof. Volkmar Passoth.
At Food structures and properties, we characterise the food raw material, food products as well as bio-based food material by different physico-chemical and structural methods from molecule to macro levels. The overall objective is to design structures with targeted properties, to be applied in food or/and bio-based materials.
At Food Biotechnology, our general goal is to use microbial diversity to establish sustainable, circular processes for the production of food, feed and biochemicals. This involves applied research to convert raw materials to valuable compounds and fundamental science to understand physiology and genetics of non-conventional microorganisms.