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Projects

Developing New Biosecurity Systems to Mitigate the Spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was introduced to the first flock of turkeys in Minnesota in late February, 2015. Since then, through the movement of migratory birds, infection of local resident birds and biosecurity that is not adequately addressing the route of introduction, more than 50 flocks have been infected in Minnesota and surrounding states.

A Novel Approach to Make Peanut, Dairy and Soy Protein Ingredients Hypoallergenic

The long-term goal of this project is to develop hypoallergenic soy, peanut and dairy protein ingredients that can be used in a range of food applications. We hypothesize that combining two protein modification techniques (proteolysis and Maillard-induced glycosylation) under controlled and mild conditions will help reduce allergenicity by altering potential epitopes without compromising sensory properties, functionality, and nutritional value.

Aquaponics

In Minnesota, an emerging industry is starting to capture the attention of crop growers, fish processors, distributors, restaurants and many others. Aquaponics — a year-round way to grow aquatic animals and plants in the same system — lets growers produce food locally and sustainably, and it’s on the rise. There are now more than 40 aquaponics producers in the state, up from only three in 2010.

There’s just one problem with growing aquaponically: Even the growers themselves aren’t sure how best to do it.

Bioresponsive Food Packaging for Continuous Monitoring of Food Spoilage

The researchers aim to develop new bioresponsive milk packaging concepts. Soft nanotechnology and stimuli-responsive polymers will be used for safe and cost-effective integration of colorimetric biosensors into packaging film. The goal is to enable early detection of food spoilage with the naked eye through colorimetric changes of a bioresponsive label, or by exposing the label to a commercially available hand-held Raman spectrometer.

Creating Added Value from Minnesota Food and Agricultural Waste Streams by Recycling Nutrients through Microalgae Production

The feed industry has a long history of using nutrients in byproducts from various agricultural industries in animal feeds. However, most of the waste streams from agriculture are not suitable for direct use in animal feeds because of high moisture content, feed safety concerns, poor palatability, and indigestible forms of nutrients.

Management and Analysis of Big Data for Near Real-time Detection and Early Response to Food Animal Health Threats

Some devastating livestock viruses can be carried as far as six miles through the air, making biocontainment a primary challenge for hog and poultry operations. To help shore up these industries' defenses against such diseases, researchers at the University of Minnesota have joined forces with a Minnesota pig growing operation and a local manufacturer of a unique animal health product to determine whether electrostatic particle ionization can reduce the spread of airborne viruses among farms.

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