Located at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus in South Australia, the $2.5m (£1.8m) facility will expand the University of Nottingham’s International Flavour Research Centre.
The facility will bring together scientists from across flavour chemistry, food and agriculture under the one roof, tasked with the challenge of getting more sustainable, healthy, plant-based food into people’s diet.
Professor of Food Chemistry and academic lead for the International Flavour Research Centre Ian Fisk said: “Due to the globally interconnected nature of our food supply chain, we need to work together to identify sustainable alternatives in our diet to ensure a safe, reliable supply of high-quality nutritional foods that consumers enjoy.
‘Step change for diets’
“Sustainable healthy diets require a rethink of food ingredients and crops, new agricultural and food production processes and novel packaging systems and new routes to market. Ultimately this is how we go about a step change for diets and more sustainable eating habits.”
The new laboratories will house the latest flavour chemistry tools, with a range of bespoke interfaces to track flavour development and understand the role of food ingredients in flavour perception.
Sustainable products to be explored by the new research team, which will include a new post-doctoral and PhD position, included alternative proteins, meat free substitutes and healthier versions of existing plant-based products.
Professor Rachel Burton, head of department of Food Science at the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, added: “The initiative will expand the research capability at our Waite campus and enable us to work on new and interesting projects in flavour chemistry and sustainability.”