Utilization of Modern High-Throughput Dry Fractionation Processing for Generation Protein and Fiber Enriched Fractions from Defatted Canola Meals and Evaluation of Resulting Fractions for Biodegradable Plastics

Priorities
Canola Meal  Market Development  Other Canola Products 
Start Date
2013
End Date
2017
Principal Investigator
Dr. Curtis Rempel - University of Manitoba
Co-Investigators
MCGA Funding
$9,162
Total Project Funding
$344,999
External Funding Partners
Alberta Canola, SaskCanola, Canola Council of Canada, Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Report
Project Ongoing...

Research Objective

  • Develop and characterize canola meal/protein-based bioproducts
  • To investigate antimicrobial and water resistant properties of canola protein-based film

Project Description

The purpose of the project was to develop canola protein-based bioplastics and canola meal-based biocomposites which showed potential for biodegradability.  This was successfully achieved, with the project creating both a canola protein-based film with water resistant and antimicrobial properties, as well as a canola meal-based biocomposite. The canola protein-based film had a multifunctional surface that showed potential for applications in packaging and medical fields. The canola meal-based biocomposite could be potentially applied in industrial products, such as disposable trays or containers. Therefore, the target consumer of the research was the packaging industry and general public to be able to use the product and technology.

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