The commercial exploitation of novel prebiotics based on oligomeric fructans

Lead Research Organisation: Aberystwyth University
Department Name: IBERS

Abstract

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Description Short chain fructans make good pre-biotics enhancing the growth of 'good bacteria' and having a pre-biotic index better than commercially available fructose based pre-biotics. A number of methods were tested to increase the percentage of short chain fructans compared to the larger molecules along with methods of isolation to reduce potential processing costs. Together with work from other projects, the longer chains could be hydrolysied to shorter chain molecules using endo-cutting enzymes, while membrane systems could be used for purification rather than ethanol precipitation. Data showed that a reproducible product could be obtained and that it had the same pre-biotic index as the original material.
Exploitation Route We will now start to carry out animal trails to prove to industry the potential of these novel pre-biotics
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals

 
Description BEACON + Biorefining Center
Amount £8,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Department European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 07/2015 
End 12/2019
 
Description The commercial exploitation of novel prebiotics based on oligomeric fructans
Amount £109,609 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/I532953/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2011 
End 03/2012
 
Title Prebiotic composition 
Description Identification and method for isolation of pre-biotics from grasses 
IP Reference WO2015075440 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted
Licensed No
Impact To early, in development
 
Description ADAS visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion with representatives from ADAS as well as people from own institute on using grass as a feedstock for biorefining as well as for animal feed. Through these discussions, it is hoped that information will be conveyed to the farming community and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Coleg Cambria visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion on aspects of biorefining and implications for the future farming community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussion with Institute of Food Research (ISPG) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Presentation and discussions with senior management on integration of Institute Strategic funding grants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description EIT-Health InnoStars Innovation Co-ordinator 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on research and Discussions on possible integration between biorefining and health
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Farming Group - Diversification 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and discussion with Farmers on new opportunities to diversity into new crops or look for new markets for existing crops in the context of biorefining.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description National Farmers Union Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Discussion to help direct delivery of NFU policy towards zero carbon including biorefining solutions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Regional Stakeholder Partnership for Land-based Goods 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of production of platform chemicals/fuels/fine chemicals and potential health care products as well as integrated biorefining from a range of land-based feedstock.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit from UTM 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Return Visit by UTM team for further discussion on potential collaborative research and studentships etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Visit to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Major discussions with Staff at both of the UTM campuses on areas of collaboration in Industrial biotechnology, bio-circular economy, engagement with Business, possible studentships and available equipment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Wales Festival of Innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on biorefining capability and discussion of relevant projects undertaken by our research group with members of the public, students and farming community to inform on potential opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017