A College of Saskatchewan researcher is ready to obtain $2.5 million to enhance processes of reworking pulses into novel meals elements, new bioplastics, and high-value biomedical supplies.
Dr. Yongfeng Ai has been awarded the funding from the federal authorities and province of Saskatchewan as half of Saskatchewan’s Strategic Analysis Initiative Program, which introduced its theme of Pulse Starch Utilization in 2020.
David Marit, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture says “the research will bring us closer to a number of the goals outlined in Saskatchewan’s Plan for Growth. These include our targets to process 50 per cent of Saskatchewan pulse crops in the province and increase value-added agriculture revenue to $10 billion.”
Ai will explore new applications for Saskatchewan pulse starches, and streamline the conversion processes from newly harvested pulses, together with peas, faba beans, lentils, and chickpeas, to high-value meals, bioplastic, and biomedical merchandise.
The aim is to create bioproducts which are extremely biodegradable and compostable, making a sustainable choice for producing simply disposable merchandise.