Alberta Barley

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Natural nanofibres based on crop resources for a new generation of bio-products

Project lead:
Dr. Lingyun Chen
Cereal Research Chair
University of Alberta

Timeline: September 2010 – October 2012

Partners:

  • Alberta Barley
  • Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund
  • Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
  • University of Alberta

Alberta Barley funding: $9,000
Total funding from other partners: $101,750

Summary:
The project aimed to convert barley proteins into novel nanofibre fabrics and to develop their high-value applications in the biomedical field, such as wound dressing materials. The non-woven fabrics composed of nanofibres have several advantages over commercial textiles, giving them promising applications in such diverse fields as the biomedical, filtration, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food industries.

Benefits for farmers:
The project has proven the new concept that barley protein can be converted to novel nanofibre fabrics. This could potentially create new commercialization routes for barley in high-technology areas.