[UK] On average across the world, daily consumption of protein per person is 36 g. Through the production of marine derived ingredients, aquaculture will increasingly contribute to future food supply requirements.
This project will look at seaweed and microalgal species as a source of protein ingredient production to future-proof the expanding protein requirements and preferences of the global population. Selected seaweed species and microalgae will be used as source materials for protein and other value-added products for the food chain.
This project will apply the infrastructure and personnel involved in dairy processing technology at Teagasc (Ashtown and Moorepark) to develop new processes to optimise protein yield from algae. The functional and health attributes of marine protein concentrates and isolates produced by microalgae and seaweed species, and their co-products, will be examined. International and domestic collaborators (Chalmers University Sweden) will help drive the project by providing industrially relevant raw materials and an international dimension to the project.
Applicants should have a good primary degree (First or second class honours) or M.Sc. in an appropriate discipline (Biotechnology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Science). They and should be highly self-motivated with good knowledge and experience of laboratory processes.
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