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Equinom computational breeding system

Equinom computational breeding system

Objective

Protein is critical to human health, but the way we produce and consume it today presents many challenges, both in terms of global consumption patterns as well as their social, environmental and economic impacts. Consumers, aware of the impact a carnivorous diet has on health, animal welfare, and the environment, aim to replace animal products with plant-based protein-enriched products, which explains an increasing demand for clean-label plant-based protein-rich products. However, of the total plant protein produced, less than half is used for human consumption, with just three crops (maize, wheat and rice) accounting for about 50% of the world’s consumption of calories and plant protein. Regarding the EU, the European Union is suffering from a major deficit in vegetable proteins mainly due to the needs of its livestock sector, being dependent on imports from third countries. In order to put an end to this dependency, the EU is building a strategy to promote protein crops, encouraging the production of protein and leguminous plants in EU’s agriculture. On the other hand, the lack of cost-effective plant-proteins diversity (dominant species are soy and pea), organoleptic and functional challenges, and low protein content and quality, is holding-back the market. The food industry is therefore unable to satisfy consumer demand for affordable tasty plant-based protein-enriched products.
Via our advanced and non-GMO computational breeding technology (ECBS), we are able to develop customized crops based on the food industry needs, i.e. with those traits required by the industry. This cost-efficient technology enables to create crops with specific traits much more accurately (>10 times higher). On that basis, to meet the current plant protein needs in the industry, we are able to create crops with 50% more protein, better functional (e.g. up to 75% more solubility) and higher nutritional values than commercial varieties.
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Coordinator

EQUI-NOM LTD

Address

Givat Brenner
6094800 Givat Brenner

Israel

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 863503

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2019

  • End date

    31 August 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 71 429

  • EU contribution

    € 50 000

Coordinated by:

EQUI-NOM LTD

Israel