Monday, January 25, 2021

Celebrating World Pulses Day, February 10, 2021

Exploring the past, present, and future of pulses and pulse ingredients in the global food marketplace on World Pulses Day, Wed, Feb 10, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Globally recognized technical and industry experts Dr. Janitha Wanasundara, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Dr. Mehmet C. Tulbek, the director of AGT Foods Research & Development Centre in Saskatoon, Canada, will highlight pulse quality, processing technologies, ingredient and product innovation, nutrition, and future innovation trends in this timely webinar. The event will be chaired by Dr. Phil Kerr, chief technology officer of Prairie AquaTech and hosted by AOCS, a leading international professional organization in this arena and organizer of the 2021 Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum

Pulses are global superfoods rich in proteins, dietary fiber, and minerals with several functional properties. Over the last three decades, the consumption of pulses and pulse ingredients significantly increased due to the changing demographics, interest in plant-forward foods, growing allergen sensitivity and awareness, increased vegan and sustainable diets vs. traditional diets, and interest in non-GMO, natural, and clean label products. 

As a bonus, registrants for this free webinar will also receive free access to the 2020 Plant Protein Science and Technology Forum presentations until February 19, 2021.  View the 2020 Forum website for presentation summaries.

Sign up for this exciting, free, webinar


Dr. Mehmet Caglar Tulbek is the Director of AGT Foods Research & Development Centre in Saskatoon, Canada. He has over 20 years of experience in cereal, pulse, and oilseed processing and utilization technologies. Mehmet completed his B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering with emphasis in Food Science and Technology at Ankara University, and his M.Sc. in Food Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey. He then moved to the United States to pursue his Ph.D. in Cereal Science at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. Before joining AGT Foods, Mehmet worked at Northern Crops Institute as Crop Quality Specialist and then as Technical Director. At NCI, he led the development of technical, educational, and international outreach programs for pulse, oilseed, and specialty crops. Mehmet is a sought-after presenter at global industry and academic gatherings, and has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and proceedings. 

Dr. Janitha Wanasundara is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She is the principal investigator in plant protein research at Saskatoon Research and Development. Her research interests include developing enhanced utilization strategies for oilseeds and pulses grown in Canadian prairies through understanding their seed proteins’ chemistry and structure. She has contributed over 75 scientific publications and book chapters and one patent on protein and co-product fractionation of Brassica oilseeds. She also co-edited the book Sustainable Protein Sources published by Academic Press in 2017. 

Dr. Phil Kerr is Chief Technology Officer of Prairie AquaTech. Prairie AquaTech discovers, develops and commercializes value added solutions for global aquaculture. Prior to joining Prairie AquaTech in July 2019, Phil was Sr. Director of Grain and Food Science Research and Development of Indigo Agriculture. Phil has also served in multiple leadership roles with DuPont Agricultural Products, Solae LLC, and DuPont Nutrition and Health. His experience ranges from creating new ingredients with enhanced, holistic quality attributes to the formation and management of strategic private / public relationships that enabled them and brought them to global commercial status. Phil serves as the Vice President of the Protein Highway Initiative, a network for facilitating cross-border collaboration for plant protein-based innovation and commercialization from the US Midwest/Great Plains and the Canadian Prairies. He is an active member of the IFT and the AOCS, where he also serves as the Vice President of its Governing Board’s Executive Committee.

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