Project Details


Grasses are very promising sources of sustainable proteins for animal and human
consumption, recognized broadly in both Denmark and the EU. In addition to a good
nutritional profile, cultivation of grass has many positive effects on the environment.
Grasses are also rich in bioactive molecules, phytochemicals, which readily interact
with the grass protein rapidly following harvest and pressing. These interactions are
poorly understood and may additionally be highly undesired, potentially diminishing
protein quality and functionality and thus, applicability and value. In PhyPro, we
propose to obtain a fundamental understanding of the interactions by applying state-of-
the-art molecular characterization and using this knowledge to design simple
model systems from the bottom-up. By increasing complexity of the models, PhyPro
will investigate how interactions compete and more importantly, develop a strategy
to selectively inhibit interaction of a deleterious nature in a sustainable manner.
Effective start/end date01/04/202201/04/2025

Collaborative partners

  • Wageningen University & Research (Project partner)


  • Independent Research Fund Denmark | Technology and Production sciences: DKK2,834,328.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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