Expertises of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research Wageningen Food & Biobased uses the areas of expertise listed below to create innovative and real-world applicable solutions that contribute to a healthier and more sustainable planet. BioSensing and diagnostics The development of diagnostic assays, the implementation of newly developed diagnostic assays in the workplace or solutions for safety and/or quality issues. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has more than 30 years of experience in BioSensing and Diagnostics. Computer Vision and Robotics for the agri-food industry This expertise is focussed on non-destructive sensing, machine learning, automation and robotics. We apply advanced computer vision and robotics technologies to applied problems in agri-food processes. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is a global leader in the development of technological solutions for the automated quality inspection of agri-food products. Consumer research on nutritional behaviour How do consumers make dietary choices and how can these choices be influenced? Experts of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research are conducting research into choice behaviour among specific target groups, focussing on the taste experience of various products and the effects of diets on well-being and health. Sustainable and circular chemistry A truly circular economy is based on renewable chemicals and materials that are not only designed for specific applications, but that can also be efficiently recycled or converted into new raw materials after use. We call this Circular by Design. With Sustainable & Circular Chemistry, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research aims to achieve sustainable chemistry. Renewable raw materials are converted into compounds and materials for the circular economy. Sustainable plastics technology Wageningen Food & Biobased Research helps companies to find sustainable, biobased alternatives for their current plastic products. With our expertise we cover the entire production process: from product development to improved end-of-life options, such as biodegradability and recyclability. Efficient separation and purification of wet streams Companies are looking for cost-effective processes to separate and purify valuable components from wet residual streams from bioprocesses, such as fermentation and biorefinery. Examples include food ingredients (such as aromatic and flavouring substances), biochemicals (such as fatty acids or proteins) and biofuels. For each question, we carry out research and development aimed at finding the most appropriate combination of techniques for optimal downstream processing. In this way, we make an important contribution to a sustainable and circular economy. Protein technology Protein is the key ingredient in our foods and diets. It’s not only important to the nutritional value, but also determines structure and texture. At Wageningen University and Research we improve the functionality of plant proteins, and apply these to make better plant-based foods. Fermentation technology for sustainable chemicals and food ingredients Fermentation of AgriFood substrates is a perfect sustainable alternative for the production of specific chemicals and food ingredients that are currently manufactured from fossil sources. Together with industrial partners, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is developing the most cost-effective route towards the optimal fermentation process that meets the customer demand. Smart decisions with Food Informatics Support systems with predictive value that help make complex decisions are the focal point of Food Informatics. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research unlocks and organises the data and develops models required to make the right considerations, with software applications communicating the results and arguments in a clear way. Biomass fractionation Wageningen Food & Biobased Research develops viable routes for the production of food ingredients, sustainable materials and chemicals from biomass. For this, we develop new mild separation and fractionation concepts and design technological processes that aim at high-quality products. Biopolymer functionalisation and characterisation Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is specialised in characterising and improving the functional properties of various biopolymers, from lignin and cellulose to pectin and proteins. We do this for producers of biobased products and for biomass suppliers who want to get more value from residual streams. Recycling of packaging materials Wageningen Food & Biobased Research provides government institutions and the industry with insights in recycling chains of packaging materials. This enables them to take well-considered steps towards higher recycling rates, a higher quality of recycled materials and a more circular recycling. Supply Chain Development and logistic design of fresh food chains Wageningen Food & Biobased Research develops and implements knowledge to help the worldwide food sector build integrated, sustainable and circular fresh food supply chains, reducing product - and quality losses and optimising the logistics of the supply chain. Clinical trials on food The demand for foods with proven health effects, such as improved intestinal or muscle health, is increasing. Wageningen University & Research offers clinical nutrition trials which allow the food industry to scientifically substantiate the health effects of products and ingredients. Postharvest physiology Wageningen Food & Biobased Research investigates the biological processes involved in the ripening and senescence of agricultural and horticultural products after harvest. Knowledge of these processes is translated into new treatments and storage and transport methods to prevent loss of quality and profit in the distribution chain. Research into food and health Wageningen Food & Biobased Research provides a comprehensive platform for monitoring the impacts of food on human health at various levels. Researchers examine the effects of specific food ingredients and products, as well as looking more widely at food consumption patterns and recommendations. They do this from the perspective of general public health, while also considering specific target groups (e.g. the elderly, athletes, etc.) and specific health impacts, such as gut health, digestibility and bioavailability of nutrients, allergic reactions and support for the immune system. Postharvest technologies Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has the very latest expertise and technologies at its disposal to keep fruit, vegetables and floriculture products fresh for longer. This ranges from advice for improving storage and conditioned transport to the development of refrigeration technologies and sustainable plant treatment methods such as CATT. Experts from Wageningen advise companies on how to preserve the quality of fresh produce without detriment to the environment. Product development and reformulation Developing methods and techniques to assist food producers in improving their products, with the aim of putting better and/or healthier alternatives into their product range. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research experts have gained a great deal of experience, specifically with bakery, dairy, plant-based products and meat products. System analysis and chain design for the biobased economy The transition from a fossil economy to a circular, biobased economy poses difficult questions for companies. What about the availability of biomass, for example? Which infrastructure is already present and which links are still missing? And with which parties can feasible new production chains be formed? With system analysis and chain design, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research maps out realistic opportunities and risks of circular, biobased production processes. Next to this, we help companies and governments to take this step. Food safety and preservation Micro-organisms poses challenges for the stability and safety of food products and are an important cause of food loss. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research helps manufacturers develop anti-microbial solutions that ensure the highest possible safety and quality standards and extend shelf life. Food Processing Technology Safe, innovative and efficient food processing, while maintaining quality and sustainable use of natural resources and side streams. Experts of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research are working together with the food industry to achieve this aim. Water technology for agriculture, food- and process industry Companies in agriculture, horticulture, food industry and processing industry experience problems with water quality when closing water and nutrient cycles. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research uses innovative technology to purify and reuse process and cooling water and recover valuable nutrients. Based on our expertise and research results, we design an optimal process together with the client, using the best combination of existing and new techniques.