Recent Research Projects

Integrated process for recovering food protein, nutraceuticals and renewable fuel from Canadian oil seeds

2019/20 • $33,000 • PI
Balancing the use of crops for food or fuel is an ethical and economic challenge. Increased biofuel production led to a sharp rise in food prices, further impoverishing the poor in developing countries. Canada is in a position to simultaneously increase the production of food and renewable...

Oilseed processing for food proteins, biofuels and nutraceuticals

2014/15-2018/19 • $220,000 • PI
Food protein and renewable fuel from brassica seedsIncreased biofuel production led to a sharp rise in food prices, and a shortage of food staples that form the basis of the diet of the poor in developing countries. There is an ethical and economic dimension to balancing the use of crops for...

Brassica oilseed protein processing

2014/15 • $124,800 • PI
Over the past 40 years, since the development of rapeseed cultivars that are free/low in erucic acid and glucosinolates, called canola, Canada became a major grower of oilseeds. Canola oil is now accepted as a premium edible oil. Canada has a huge capacity for growing canola, and its relative,...

Mustard protein products

2014/15 • $12,500 • PI
Canada is the second largest producer, and the largest exporter of mustard seeds. The crop is draught resistantand its acreage can be readily expanded. While mustard is primarily used as a condiment, mustard proteinshave excellent emulsification, oil and fat binding properties that are not well...

Simultaneous production of food and fuel from unconventional sources

2010/11-2013/14 • $200,000 • PI
The sharp rise in demand for liquid fuels, and the subsequent increase in oil prices led to renewed interest in biofuels. Unfortunately competition for biodiesel and bioethanol has resulted in a sharp rise in food prices, and a shortage of some food staples that form the basis of the diet of the...

Mustard protein products

2013/14 • $25,000 • PI
Canada is the second largest producer, and the largest exporter of mustard seeds. The crop is draught resistant, and its acreage can be readily expanded. While mustard is primarily used as a condiment, mustard proteins have excellent emulsification, oil and fat binding properties that are not...

Microalgal biorefinery:Biofilm photo-reactor and extraction methods

2010/11-2012/13 • $230,000 • PI,CO
Microalgal technologies, used as a method of conversion of (sun)light to liquid fuels, hold several advantages over conventional crops: they can produce up to 100 times more biomass per unit of crop area; the lipid content of this biomass can be up to 70% (dry basis); the doubling time can be in...

Iron fortification of Tea, for the prevention of iron deficiency anemia

2012/13 • $25,000 • PI
Iron deficiency anemia adversely affects the health of some one third of the world's population - mostly in developing countries. Iron deficiency anemia leads to increased maternal death, decreased immunity to disease and significant decrease in physical work capacity. Provision of iron through...

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES)

2011/12 • $127,727 • PI,CO
The requested equipment is an Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES), as the most reliable and sensitive method used for the rapid, simultaneous multi-element determinations at the ultra-trace level. The advanced analytical capabilities of the ICP-OES allow for high...

Acoustic - Electroacoustic Spectrometer (AES) for colloids characterization

2011/12 • $100,757 • PI,CO
The requested acoustic-electroacoustic spectrometer (AES) is an instrument that will be primarily utilized in determining the size and charge of particles and drops in suspensions and emulsions. Charge and size are important at the time of determining the estability of suspensions and emulsions....

Integrated process for the production of food and biofuel from mustard seed

2010/11 • $134,225 • PI,CO
Mustard is a major Canadian food crop. It grows in dry areas unsuitable for other cash crops. The Canadian mustard growers initiated the "Mustard 21" program to increase the revenues from mustard from $ 70 million to $ 570 million by 2021. Traditional food uses for mustard are saturated, but...

Integrated platform for delivery of nutraceuticals and micronutrients

2010/11 • $130,225 • PI,CO
It is clear that a healthy diet can significantly reduce the chances of developing devastating chronic or fatal diseases, including cancers,cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoprosis and neurodegenerative diseases. The new Canada Food Guide recommends a diet rich in fresh fruits and...

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