Biorefining forage legumes for local production of protein
In Sweden, dairy production is an important sector of agriculture, and access to feed protein is crucial for the sector’s resource efficiency and profitability, not least for organic production. Legumes such as beans are a good source of protein, but cultivation of beans in Sweden is risky compared with forage crops. One possibility to increase local protein availability is to fractionate/refine forage, to increase the protein value in certain fractions of the crop.
The aim of the PhD student project is to evaluate the potential for bio-refining techniques for perennial legume crops. The work includes field studies, feed analyzes and modeling. The studies are part of a larger European project about processing of organic forage crops "ProRefine", which involves close collaboration with researchers in Scandinavia and Europe. Read more about the project at https://www.nibio.no/en/projects/prorefine
You have an agronomist or master’s degree in plant science, animal science or related discipline. Experience with field experiments, feed quality, statistical analysis and modeling are meritorious. Good English skills (both written and oral) are required. A European driving license and ability to understand and speak Swedish or another Scandinavian language are meritorious.
Place of work: Umeå
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