Research Field

Food Technology and Biotechnology

Research Field

This interdisciplinary research focus is an area in which more than 10 scientific staff members and professors of the courses of studies in bio- and environmental technology, process engineering production as well as plant construction work. An excellent infrastructure with analytics equipment, pilot plants, simulation tools and even an own experimental and training brewery is available in approx.15 laboratories
 
In the field of bioenergy, one of the largest working groups in Austria is researching the production processes of "advanced biofuels" (bioethanol from straw), optimizing biogas processes and developing integrated biorefinery concepts.  In the basic research area, biodiesel production is being investigated in the "Next Generation Biodiesel" project with the help of yeasts from residues such as maize spindles and glycerin. We are currently working on 5 national and international projects (Regio13 / EU), as well as on various industrial projects. An outstanding team of analysts as well as the team Downstream processing (membrane technology, etc.) complete the working groups.

In the field of food technology, the primary goal is research on plant ingredients and their mode of action is at the molecular level. The objective is to gain an understanding of how these ingredients interfere with and control the human metabolism. From this it is possible to develop so-called functional foods. The following key areas are being dealt with:

>> Ingredients of apples and their impact on carbohydrate metabolism as well as on carcinogenicity
>> Ingredients from cabbage and apples and their effect on cytochrome activity and the liver metabolism
>> Ingredients from apples, blueberries, cherries etc. and their effects on adrenergic receptors
>> Further development of technologies in the field of protein-protein interaction


2019
D. Atzmüller, F. Hawe, D. Sulzenbacher, A. Cristobal Sarramian - Wheat straw and lipids: UV-mutagenized Yarrowia lipolytica for the conversion of wheat straw hydrolysate into lipids - Agronomy Research, 2019 more
2019
A. König, B. Schwarzinger, V. Stadlbauer, P. Lanzerstorfer, M. Iken, C. Schwarzinger, S. Schwarzinger, O. Höglinger, D. Weghuber, J. Weghuber - Glucose Resorption in a Double-Blind, Randomized Clinical Study - Nutrients, Vol. 11, No. 7, 2019 more
2019
T. Grivalský, K. Ranglová, J. Câmara Manoel, G. Lakatos, M. Lukeš, S. Oberleitner, R. Gundolf, J. Richter - Genetically modified Synechocystis PCC 6803 for starch and bioethanol production - Conference: 9th Symposium on Microalgae and Seaweed Products in Plant/Soil-Systems, Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary,… more
2019
R. Gundolf, S. Oberleitner, J. Richter - Evaluation of New Genetic Toolkits and Their Role for Ethanol Production in Cyanobacteria - ENERGIES, Vol. 12, No. 18, 2019 more
2018
R. Gundolf, J. Richter - Production of Valuable Carbon Containing Products with a new Module-Based Vector System in Cyanobacteria - Production of Valuable Carbon Containing Products with a new Module-Based Vector System in Cyanobacteria, Třeboň, Czech Republic, 2018 more
2018
A. Jäger - Beer and health - a question of statistics? - BierIG-Magazin, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2018, pp. 14-15 more
2018
U. Müller, F. Stübl, B. Schwarzinger, G. Sandner, M. Iken, M. Himmelsbach, C. Schwarzinger, N. Ollinger, V. Stadlbauer, O. Höglinger, P. Lanzerstorfer, J. Weghuber - In vitro and in vivo inhibition of intestinal glucose transport by guava (Psidium guajava) extracts - Molecular nutrition and food research,… more
2018
Y. Yoneyama, P. Lanzerstorfer, F. Hakuno, J. Weghuber, S. Takahashi - IRS-1 acts as an endocytic regulator of IGF-I receptor to facilitate sustained IGF signaling - eLIFE, 2018 more
2018
R. Haselgrübler, F. Stübl, V. Stadlbauer, P. Lanzerstorfer, J. Weghuber - An In-ovo Model for Testing Insulin-Mimetic Compounds - JOVE, 2018 more
2018
The food industry is of great economic and social importance to the Austrian society. Thus, in 2016, the production of food and beverages generated a turnover of 5.96 billion euros (WKOÖ, 2017). Private… more
2017
The FFG programme line stipulates that COMET K1-Centres should be formed betweenscience and industry and that the work should be carried out on a competitive basis. Theproposed K1-Centre “Feed and… more
2017
The aim of this project is the development of innovative pharmaceutical tea products on the basis of selected tea varieties. These products shall be enriched in effective and scientifically well-documented… more
2017
2016
SLF
2015
Functional, caries-preventive drinks are being developed from beetroot and tested in a clinical trial in cooperation with the company Voglsam GmbH. more
2015
This project focuses on the development of functional foods and food supplements with pronounced insulin mimetic and/or intestinal glucose uptake inhibiting properties, which are crucial for the prevention… more
2014
We have recently introduced a method that is capable of detecting and quantifying protein-protein-interactions (PPIs) in a live cell context (Schwarzenbacher, Kaltenbrunner et al. 2008; Weghuber, Brameshuber… more
2014
Die Mikrostruktur eines Lebensmittels dominiert hauptverantwortlich das Texturempfinden des Konsumenten. Somit ist das objektivierte Verständnis der strukturellen Zusammenhänge in komplexen Lebensmittelsystemen… more
2013
2012
2011
Biogas production is a well established, widely accepted process for alternative energy production. The theoretical biogas potential is only tapped to a minor degree - valuable energy resources remain… more