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Open house: The protein livestock feed of the future will come from grass

The GO-GRASS and GRØNBIORAF research projects are examining how grass protein could become a sustainable alternative to imported soy. On 24 August, the projects will hold an open house event at Aarhus University in Foulum, and everyone interested is welcome.

[Translate to English:] Fremtidens marker er grønne hele året. Biomassen fra markerne kan bl.a. benyttes til at udvinde grøn protein som et bæredygtigt alternativ til sojaprotein til grise og fjerkræ. Foto: AU.

Global demand for soy for animal feed is putting enormous pressure on nature and biodiversity in areas where production takes place. Therefore, researchers at Aarhus University Centre for Circular Bioeconomy (CBIO) are examining whether grass protein can become a local and sustainable alternative to importing soy. This is under the EU-funded project GO-GRASS and the GUDP-funded project GRØNBIORAF.

From 10:00 to 12:00 am on 24 August, GO-GRASS and GRØNBIORAF will be holding an open-house event and everyone is welcome.

Look inside a biorefinery

During the open-house event, there will be an opportunity to visit the university’s biorefinery that extracts protein from grass and clover.

One of the purposes of the refinery is to optimise the biorefining process so that, in future, we can achieve a high yield and high quality of protein from green biomass.

Moreover, the researchers are examining the bioproducts from the biorefining process, with focus on recycling nutrients and generating bioenergy and biomaterials.

See more in this video, and hear the researchers talk about their research to create possibilities to develop green protein as a sustainable alternative to soy-protein for pigs and poultry.

GO-GRASS video: Danish grass replaces soy

Come and see the experimental fields

You can also come to the experimental fields at Foulumgård, where research into growing green biomass is taking place.

The researchers are investigating how to optimise the production of biomass through the interplay between solar radiation, temperature, water, soil quality and nutrients.

This means that a number of different cultivation systems can be tested on the same field, and the researchers are also measuring the productivity of the crops and the environmental and climate impacts.

See more in this video from the experimental fields, which talks about different grasses and how they are being studied.

GO-GRASS video: Grassfields

Registration is necessary

GO-GRASS will host a light lunch for participants in the open-house event.

Therefore, please register on this link.

In mid-August you will receive the final programme for the event together with route directions etc..

Workshop for interested parties

 

In the afternoon, GO GRASS and GRØNBIOROM will hold a workshop for interested parties.

The programme includes:

  • Presentation of the GO-GRASS project and the activities at the Aarhus University Centre for Circular Bioeconomy (CBIO)
  • Presentation and discussion about the business perspectives 
  • Workshop on challenges and opportunities for the production of green protein

You are welcome to contact Morten Ambye-Jensen from CBIO if you would like to participate in the workshop (see below).

 


Further information

Visit the GO-GRASS website for more information about the project.
You can also visit the Centre for Circular Bioeconomy website.

Follow GO-GRASS on Twitter (@gograsseu), LinkedIn (GO-GRASS) or Instagram (@gograsseu).

The GO-GRASS project has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement no. 862674.

Contact: Morten Ambye-Jensen, associate professor, Aarhus University Centre for Circular Bioeconomy, maj@bce.au.dk, mobile: +45 93508009