Finnish partners host the latest project meeting

Professor Salminen of Turku Univeristy welcomes LegumePlus to Finland

The latest LegumePlus project meeting has been concluded, this time hosted by the Finnish partners from The Univeristy of Turku.  Headed by Professor Juha-Pekka Salminen, the meeting featured guest speakers from the University of Mississippi and Copenhagen.

Professor Daneel Ferreira, based in Mississippi, is regarded as an international expert in tannin research and his findings over the past 45 years have contributed significantly to both the Healthy Hay and LegumePlus projects.  His lecture summarised a number of imporant factors which should be considered by researchers when carrying out studies into the chemical structures of tannins in their various guises.  His knowledge and experience was clearly inspiring for the researchers, most of which are in the early stages of their career.  

Our other guest speaker, Andrew Williams from Copenhagen University, has been studying the benefits of tannins on nematode populations, specifically in pigs.  His research has demonstrated how tannins could be helping to boost the natural immune system of the host to fight against worms, as well as the tannins acting on the worms direclty.

During the meeting the LegumePlus PhD researchers were required to give presentations to show their progress so far, and as usual there were prizes for the best performances.  This time Ms. Marica Engstroem and Mr. Guiseppe Copani (see picture opposite) were awarded prizes by Prof. Daneel Ferreira (second from the right) for their excellent presentations.  (Professor Salminen also inset to the left)

LegumePlus outside Turku Castle

LegumePlus outside Turku Castle

Presentation Awards for Ms. Engstroem and Mr. Copani

Presentation Awards for Ms. Engstroem and Mr. Copani