Norwegian University of science and technology
The NTNU at Trondheim is one of the best Norwegian Universities both in terms of graduate/post-graduate education and research quality. About 3,000 persons are employed for performing research and education; it has totally 7 faculties divided in 52 departments. Technology and natural sciences are NTNU’s fundamental strength. One of the research directions within Department of Biotechnology at NTNU is food quality assessment.
The department of biotechnology, NTNU will be involved in the accomplishment of the second and third pillar of Sweedhart. In order to understand the optimal use of weed and chaff, their chemical composition has to be analyzed. The NTNU group, utilizing Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), will analyze all organic molecules present in the substrates. The analysis will be mainly focused on two aspects:
A) Determination whether the weed/chaff fractions do not contain high levels of herbicides or other toxic compounds that could be harmful to animals.
B) Defining which compounds could be extracted from the biomass and generate added value. B) Defining which compounds could be extracted from the biomas and generate added value.B) Defining which compounds could be extracted from the biomass and generate added value.
This investigation will be carried out at different harvesting times and before and after the treatment of weed with different hygienisation protocols. After the weed/chaff biomass will be analyzed by NMR spectroscopy, the data will be elaborated using statistical tools such as Principal Component Analysis (PCA), in order to determine the time and protocol where most of the valuable compounds are at the highest concentration.
||Alexander Dikiy, Prof.
Professor at the Departement of Biotechnology, NTNU and leader of the NT-NMR centre