Thursday, October 22, 2020

Plant Protein and Sustainability at the Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum

The Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum will close looking at plant proteins from a sustainability perspective. Dr. B. Pam Ismail, Ph.D. is one of the many expert presenters in the session, Plant Proteins and Sustainability.

Join the live session, Plant Proteins and Sustainability, on October 23 to hear from experts and participate in the discussion how to meet the needs of our growing global population with affordable proteins that promote the wellbeing of both people and the planet. This requires building a sustainable value chain from farms to consumers. Join us to participate and learn how science and technological advances can help solve the challenges as we look at the future of plant proteins. The session on plant proteins and sustainability will highlight the importance of collaborative efforts between research, industry and government agencies to apply effective technological solutions, that include sustainable agricultural practices, crop biotechnology, processing solutions, food quality, and traceability.  

Presenter spotlight: B. Pam Ismail, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Plant Protein Innovation Center, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, USA

Her presentation, Developing Camelina and Pennycress as Sustainable Sources of Functional Proteinswill cover:

  • A multifaceted approach involving a concerted effort from breeders as well as food and nutrition scientists will lead to the production of pennycress and camelina lines that are viable protein sources
  • This presentation will cover the evaluation of flavor-guided protein extraction methodology for optimal quality and yield following innovative approaches
  • The presentation will highlight the protein structural and functional properties as impacted by breeding, extraction, and functionalization

Meet Dr. Ismail

1) What discoveries from your previous research inform the work you plan to discuss at the 2020 Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum? 
We have optimized extraction conditions to produce isolates with acceptable yield and purity, and with preserved structural properties and acceptable functionality in comparison to traditional protein ingredients. We are also working on characterizing flavor development during the isolation process to limit any off flavor in the final product.

2) What is the significance of the research you plan to discuss at the 2020 Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum, either for future research routes or for real-world applications? 
A breeding program that aims to successfully adapt sustainable and environmentally friendly crops as edible protein sources for food applications will use the information we are collecting. The information will also be useful for industrial production of functional proteins from such sources. 

3) Describe the biggest problem you encountered and solved during your most recent project? 
Proteins are entangled in a highly complex matrix, post oil extraction. Extraction protocol was carefully and systematically optimized to enhance yield and purity in an industry-feasible manner.

4) Share a turning point or defining moment in your work as a scientist and/or industry professional. 
A turning point in my career is when I realized the link between the basic research we do and its application. That then led me to understand how to utilize the acquired knowledge to provide a meaningful and positive impact. With the work we are doing, we aim to facilitate economic gain to the industry, address the consumer desire for nutritious and healthy food, have a positive impact on the environment by seeking and utilizing sustainable crops, provide additional protein sources for the growing population, and provide revenue to farmers and the industry.

5) What excites you about your work? 
The discoveries and developments I encounter along the way really drive me in my work. There is never a dull moment while conducting research.

6) What are potential future directions for the work you are discussing at the 2020 Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum? 
The directions are infinite. The discoveries can be applied to new protein sources. The information my work provides can lead to innovative technologies and applications.

7) What do you like to do when you are not in the lab or presenting at meetings? 
I love to spend time with my daughter, visit parks across the nation and play tennis!

This session is on October 23, but you can still register for on-demand access to the whole Forum. Find out more about the full technical program.

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