ERA Chair for Food (By-) Products Valorisation Technologies of the Estonian University of Life Sciences
The new Chair is expected to conduct forefront research that would create significant benefits for Estonia, Europe, and beyond. Efficient dissemination and exploitation of research results is an issue of key importance in the context of the ERA Chair´s action plan. In addition to targeting the international research community and providing input to policy development, facilitating knowledge transfer to the industry is a particular focus. The R&D to be carried out in the VALORTECH Chair is strongly connected with both the national and regional Smart Specialisation strategy, in the context of which efficient use of resources and related development of health-promoting (functional) food are among key priorities. The demand for advanced R&D services in the VALORTECH fields from the side of the industry currently exceeds the capacity of EMU to provide such services.
Research and innovation activities
Optimization of processing technologies of various food raw materials/products to produce fewer by-products;
Development of effective technologies and processes for valorization of inevitably occurring by-products and non-standard raw material by converting them into high-value functional ingredients;
Development of advanced technologies focused on the application of the above-mentioned functional ingredients for increasing nutritional value and safety of various food products, including different encapsulation methods, technologies improving final product texture, sensory properties, and nutritive value, and ensuring the stability of these ingredients during manufacturing;
Development of advanced technologies focused on applications of different extracted functional ingredients in various non-food products (e.g. eco-cosmetics, household chemicals, animal feed, etc.)
Building a top-level research team that fosters excellent research
Improving research expertise related to the VALORTECH research focus
Improving the level of teaching and young researcher development
Popularising ERA Chair´s R&D topics and building (inter)national collaboration
The broader vision related to the creation of the ERA Chair is that the VALORTECH Chair will develop into a leading center of excellence in the development of advanced technologies for minimum waste, maximum utilization, and valorization of various raw materials and components used in food and also non-food value chains.
Duration of the project:
01.07.2019 – 30.06.2023
Programme: H2020 - Horizon 2020
Project number: 810630
Coordinator: Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU)
Advanced food processing technologies, minimum waste and maximum utilization of raw material used as well as valorization of by-products constitute a highly relevant range of topics in the EU and worldwide. These are matters that the University of Life Sciences (Eesti Maaülikool, EMU) has been dealing with for a long from various angles and perspectives. However, to realize the full potential of EMU in this domain, structural changes are needed to bring various related competencies under a unified umbrella as well as to cover several gaps hindering further development.
The main objective of the VALORTECH ERA Chair is to establish a new internationally recognized research team, and recruit a top-level researcher/research manager (ERA Chair holder) to lead this interdisciplinary, inter-unit entity, formed based on a joint effort by the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences of EMU.
June 30, 2021
Rajeev Bhat and Toomas Tiirats visited a locally recognized, well-established agri-food company 'Anu Ait OÜ', a company offering the most reliable solutions for livestock feed production on the local market. Possible future collaboration opportunities were discussed and common interests mapped.
June 10, 2021
Piia Pääso took part in the Smart Thursday seminar session dedicated to the topic of valorization and more effective usage of different industrial by-products and residues.
May 18, 2021
In cooperation with the Rohegeenius portal, a podcast introducing the teaching activities at our chair was recorded.
June 30 , 2021
An article titled "Recovery of Polyphenols from Vineyard Pruning Wastes—Shoots and Cane of Hybrid Grapevine (Vitis sp.) Cultivars" was published in Antioxidants by R. Rätsep, et al.
June 26, 2021
An article titled "Quercetin: A Bioactive Compound Imparting Cardiovascular and Neuroprotective Benefits: Scope for Exploring Fresh Produce, Their Wastes, and By-Products" was published in Biology special issue by I.U.H. Bhat and R. Bhat
June 09, 2021
An article titled "Valorisation of Sea Buckthorn Pomace by Optimization of Ultrasonic-Assisted Extraction of Soluble Dietary Fibre Using Response Surface Methodology" was published in Foods special issue by S. Hussain, M. Sharma and R. Bhat