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Rares Birsan

Project Title: Exploitation of co-products (wastes) from beverage industries to generate functional-food ingredients

Overview: After Studying Food Biotechnology at Wageningen University in The Netherlands, I decided to continue my research career within the area of Biorefinery at Quadram Institute Norwich UK. Thus in 2017, my 3-Year contract as a PhD student began. The project that I am working on consists in a collaboration between Quadram Institute Norwich and Teagasc Food Research Centre Ashtown Dublin, and focuses on valorisation of food processing co-products (or by-products) which may hold little or no value and hence considered ‘waste’. The goal of the project is to recover functional ingredients from this ‘waste’ that can potentially serve as sustainable agents in functional food or phytopharmaceutical products.

Programme Area: Food Innovation and Health

Supervisors: Dilip K. Rai and Peter Wilde

Location: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin

Funding Source: Teagasc and Quadram Insitute