Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining

The Research Group for Microbial Biotechnology and Biorefining improves the efficiency and quality of brewery and dairy production processes and utilizes industrial side streams in the production of food and feed ingredients, biochemicals and biofuel in order to ensure sustainable food production.

The group’s research activities are centered on both fundamental and applied biotechnology, with the view to establishing a basis for effective bioconversion of a wide range of renewable feedstocks into useful industrial products. Our research focuses on the entire value chain from raw material pre-treatment, engineering and adaption of both bacterial and yeast strains as microbial cell factories, fermentation optimization and product characterization.

Our research targets for the future are:

  • to promote sustainable food production through the development of microbial processes for the production of high quality protein
  • to promote sustainable production of ingredients for food and feed production alongside biochemicals and bioenergy
  • to understand and develop new biological processes for downstream processing and recovery of selected components of the value chain for beer and food production