AFDP is located on the University of Alberta’s south campus in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on a section of land identified as the University of Alberta Research Farm.
Opened in June 2006 the pilot plant facility is part of the Agricultural Food & Nutritional Science Department (AFNS) and provides scale up fee for service through applied research for University Academics, Government of Alberta, Agriculture & Forestry and External Industry Clients. This unique facility is the very first in Canada to have a Meat Safety & Processing research unit and Solvent Extraction capabilities available under one roof yet functioning as completely separate wings of the business, including separate air handling systems.
AFDP supports five research platform technologies which include:
- Meat Safety & Processing (level 2 containment)
- Carcass & Meat Science
- Natural Health Products & Functional Food
- Animal Nutrient & Ingredient Development (including petfood formulation and extrusion)
- Fermentation for optimization and scale up of level 1 microorganism
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