The research group in Plant Nutrients and Food Quality bridges plant and food science using advanced analytical chemistry. Food quality is a complex trait covering a wide array of characteristics including nutrient content and bioavailability, protein level, amino acid composition and the presence of potentially toxic compounds such as heavy metals. We develop analytical methods that enable us to investigate key factors controlling the quality of plant based food and feed. Our goal is to provide new knowledge and recommendations regarding sustainable and resource efficient plant production that simultaneously delivers safe, authentic and nutritious food.
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- Theme 1 - Food quality
- Theme 2 - Plant nutritional aspects of food quality
- Theme 3 - Analytical method development
For students wishing to work within these topics,. M.Sc. and B.Sc. projects are currently available. Please contact Kristian Holst Laursen (email@example.com) for further information.
- Plant-microbiome interactions in modern and ancient barley
- INTACT Food: Implementation of Nuclear Techniques for Authentication of Foods with High-Value Labelling Claims
- SoilTracker: Forensic toolkit for fingerprinting soil
- FoodIntegrity: Assuring the integrity of the European food chain
- IsoTracer: Compound-specific isotope ratio analysis for tracing nutrients in the soil-plant system – PhD project
- Compound-specific isotope ratio analysis for authentication of high-value plant products – PhD project
- Novak V, Adler J, Husted S, Fromberg A and Laursen KH (2019): Authenticity testing of organically grown vegetables by stable isotope ratio analysis of oxygen in plant-derived sulphate. Food Chemistry, 291: 59-67.
- Ballin NZ and Laursen KH (2019): To target or not to target? Definitions and nomenclature for targeted versus non-targeted analytical food authentication. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 86: 537-543.
- Laursen KH, Bontempo L, Camin F and Roβmann A (2016): Advances in isotopic analysis for food authenticity testing. In: Advances in Food Authenticity Testing. 227-252. Edited by Gerard Downey. Woodhead Publishing. Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition. ISBN: 9780081002209
- Laursen KH, Schjoerring JK, Kelly SD and Husted S (2014): Review: Authentication of organically grown plants - advantages and limitations of atomic spectroscopy for multi-element and stable isotope analysis. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 59: 73-82.
- Laursen KH, Mihailova A, Kelly SD, Epov VN, Bérail S, Schjoerring JK, Donard OFX, Larsen EH, Pedentchouk N, Marca-Bell AD, Halekoh U, Olesen JE and Husted S (2013): Is it really organic? - multi-isotopic analysis as a tool to discriminate between organic and conventional plants. Food Chemistry, 141: 2812-2820.
- Laursen KH, Schjoerring JK, Olesen JE, Askegaard M, Halekoh U and Husted S (2011): Multielemental Fingerprinting as a tool for Authentication of Organic Wheat, Barley, Faba Bean, and Potato. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59: 4385-4396.
- FIBL (Switzerland)
- IAEA/FAO (Austria)
- IASMA (Italy)
- James Hutton Institute (Scotland)
- Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
- Netherlands Forensics Institute (Netherlands)
- UC-Davis (USA)
- Yale University (USA)
- Aarhus University
- Danish Veterinary and Food Administration
- National Police and National Kriminalteknisk Center (NKC)
- Technical University of Denmark – National Food Institute
Collaboration at University of Copenhagen
- Dept. of Biology
- Dept. of Food Science
- Dept. of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
- Dept. of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
- Globe Institute
We offer workshops and presentations to external stakeholders on plant nutrients, food quality and analytical chemistry. Contact Kristian Holst Laursen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.