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Greenhouse gas reduction through innovative breeding advances in alternative plant protein sources (TRIP)


Plant breeding for alternative plant-based protein sources protein sources as a substitute for animal sources as well as model-based estimation of of climate protection potentials and investigation of socio-economic effects along the affected value chains from producers and processors to the consumers. Investigation of the climate effect based on an assessment of the product-specific carbon footprint of the milk and meat alternatives (e.g. oat drink).



  • Breeding of oats and lupin for higher protein content and improved amino acid profile as well as resistance to biotic pathogens (application of classical breeding approaches, establishment of tissue culture, new molecular techniques)
  • Investigation of consumer acceptance of plant-based drinks, milk substitutes and meat substitutes made from oats and lupine
  • Market and value chain analyses, including consideration of the costs of regulation or licensing procedures
  • Assessments of possible development scenarios using the CAPRI agro-economic equilibrium model


Climate effect under consideration

Greenhouse gas reduction and carbon footprint of plant protein sources compared to animal protein and with changed consumer behaviour

Contact persons

JKI, Institute for Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology

Dr. Thorben Sprink

Dr. Frank Hartung

Dr. Krishna Pathi


Thünen Institute, Institute of Farm Economics

Ferike Thom

Dr. Alexander Gocht


Institute for Breeding Research on Agricultural Crops

Dr. Matthias Herrmann

Anne Zaar

Yves Sprycha


Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)

Dr. Nicola Consmüller

JKI, Institute for Strategies and Technology Assessment

Dr. Isabella Karpinski

Dr. Til Feike

Maximilian Forchert

Dima Sabboura

Links to project pages:  TRIP / JKI und TRIP / Thünen


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