Increasing growth in the global population has put heavy pressure on
our current food system. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
estimates that global food production should double by 2050 in order to feed
the population. Particularly, proteins are an important and increasingly
sought-after source of feed and human nutrition. However, the conventional agricultural
protein production are currently not environmentally and climatically
sustainable. For example, the rapidly growing South American soybean
production leads to the destruction of rainforest, loss of biodiversity,
pesticide pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. If one can therefore
succeed in developing new and protein-rich feed or food alternatives with
minimal footprint on climate, environment and nature, it can potentially have
great significance for the possibilities of saving the agricultural land, reducing
the global emissions of greenhouse gases and other environmental impacts.
In this context, single cell protein, which is independent of arable
land, has been considered as a promising alternative protein source. Single
cell proteins (SCP) are the dried cells of protein rich microorganisms, which
are used as protein supplement in human foods or animal feeds.
This experimental MSc project or special course aims at studying the inhibitory factors
during the process of methanotrophic protein production and finding out the optimum
conditions. Both mix methanotrophic culture and pure cultures will be investigated.
Candidates should have a basic background of microbiology and basic skills
of conducting experiments such as using pipettes and preparing solutions. Besides,
fluent spoken English and good command of writing and figures drawing are also needed.
Note that 30 ECTS credits is 5 months and 35 ECTS credits is 6
months master project.