8 December 2020

Congratulations Mads Emil!

On Dec 7th, DynaMo MSc student Mads Emil Larsen successfully defended his MSc thesis in Biology-Biotechnology in front of family, friends and colleagues on Zoom.

Zoom examination

Mads Emil during the examination with his supervisors Barbara Ann Halkier, Deyang Xu and the external examinator censor Henrik Brinch-Pedersen, Aarhus University (not pictured)

In his project within agricultural biotechnology, Mads Emil worked towards the goal of increasing the value of seed meal of oilseed rape as plant-based protein for human consumption by removal of anti-nutritional factors. This will provide a sustainable, local-grown protein source to replace the import of soybean from North and South America. He used the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology that has revolutionized breeding efforts with its ability to precisely and effectively target specific sites in genomes. Today, the protein-rich seed meal in oil-producing Brassica crops is a by-product with limited use as protein source due to the presence of anti-nutritional factors. The emerging trends for plant-based proteins have potential to increase demand for seed meal from oil-producing Brassica crop. The quality of the amino acid profile is excellent – thus making the seed meal a potential very attractive alternative plant-based protein source.

The project is in line with the UN sustainable development of food for future world population (UN SDG 2), and climate challenges dictating a change towards plant-based rather than meat-based protein sources in human consumption.