Welcome to the Plant Protein Innovation Center, an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to studying plant and alternative proteins.
Danone joins the cohort of now 14 founding Plant Protein Innovation Center members. We are proud to have Danone join the strong membership pool, and the PPIC team looks forward to continued advancement in the plant proteins space with Danone's contributions.
Bay State Milling has joined the cohort of PPIC members as an associate member. The PPIC is proud to have a growing cohort of 13 members that span the value chain and is looking forward to continued collaboration with all members, including our newest member. For more information on Bay State Milling, feel free to refer to their website.
The PPIC Research Planning Meeting will feature speakers from industry and organizations who will highlight trends, opportunities, challenges and research needs in the plant protein space across the entire value chain. During the meeting we will facilitate a roundtable discussion on research needs that will help us identify the PPIC research priorities for the upcoming year.
The event will be held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus at 1890 Buford Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108.
Registration and more event details will be available on our website soon!Date posted:
Five interdisciplinary researchers have also submitted a proposal to the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research entitled “Legumes of the Future: Developing Methodologies and Germplasm to Enhance the Functionality and Nutritional Quality of Pea Protein”.
The PPIC will seek additional funding from the USDA through a grant to be submitted in March.Date posted:
We are striving to be first. The plant protein innovation center (PPIC) will be the first center of its kind in the nation for plant and other alternative proteins. The PPIC will bring together interdisciplinary researchers and industry partners to produce and study nutritious and functional plant protein ingredients for food applications. The PPIC will address industry-identified plant-protein challenges and opportunities to develop a wealth of interdisciplinary research that will bring to the supply chain new nutritious and functional plant protein ingredients and products, working all the way from breeding and genetics to processing, formulation, and marketing.
Coming Together to Grow Research
While there has been some research done on novel proteins, the information is far from being comprehensive and is done in isolation. Some scientists are researching the nutritional quality of peas, others are breeding new dry beans varieties, while others are investigating processing methods for canola. By combining individual efforts and ideas, we can do more and reach attainable goals faster. The PPIC will invite scientists both internal and external to the University of Minnesota to be part of a research cohort. Collaboration will empower plant-based protein research by allowing scientists to come together to think beyond their area of focus. Working together will facilitate cross-lab use of high-end instrumentation that can uncover more information than ever before, and will open up larger grant opportunities. Partnering with industry is essential. The PPIC requires the support of key industry players, who are driven to work together towards a better future. Industry partners, will be protein suppliers, producers, and users, but all having common interests. In addition to individual researchers coming together with industry, partnership with international entities such as the Canadian Consulate and their associated Protein Highway Initiative, other research institutions/centers, commodity groups, entrepreneurs, and government agencies are imperative to the mission and success of the Center. These partnerships will ultimately provide research diversity and unique perspectives that lead to innovative solutions to real-world problems.