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Kristian Holst Laursen

Kristian Holst Laursen

Assistant professor

My scientific focus areas are plant nutrition, food quality, analytical chemistry and chemometrics. I have contributed to several studies aimed at unravelling the functional roles of nutrients in plant metabolism. I have also utilized my background in fundamental plant science for investigating the quality and authenticity of plant based food products. In these studies analytical methods have been developed for authenticating the geographical and agricultural origin of plants.

I have extensive experience with development of analytical methods for multi-element and stable isotope analysis of biological material. During the past decade I have gained major experience with ICP-OES, ICP-MS and IR-MS (also compound-specific IR-MS) and some experience with HPLC and MC-ICP-MS. I am a skilled user of various chemometric tools for multivariate data analysis. I have major experience with planning, conducting and evaluating rigidly controlled plant experiments under field conditions, in greenhouses and climate chambers.

 

Current research projects:

SoilTracker: "Forensic toolkit for fingerprinting soil". Funded by Innovation Fund Denmark (2017-2021). Responsible for stable isotope analyses. 

COM-ISO – Individual postdoctoral grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research, Technology and Production Sciences with the project: “Compound-specific isotope ratio analysis as a novel and powerful tool for authentication of plant products” (2014-2017).

FoodIntegrity“Assuring the integrity of the food chain” (2014-2019), FP7 EU project, partner in several WPs.

AuthenticFood“Fast methods for authentication of organic plant based foods” (2011-2015), FP7 ERA-NET EU project, project manager.

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