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Xavier Fretté

Globetrotter and Professor in Chemistry

Motivation to join Alliance as a mentor for Blue Growth

Oceans and their resources have always fascinated Xavier. Two thirds of Earth surface are water yet most of our food originates from terrestrial production. This must change and we must figure out how to exploit the oceans respectfully and in a sustainable way.

The University of Southern Denmark is located on an Island. Therefore, isn’t it logical that the seas and their resources are the focus of the research of several research groups at this university?


Market active/interested

Cosmetics, food, feed incl. nutraceuticals, aquaculture, energy, pharma.

Expertise in biological resources

Microalgae, incl. blooms, macroalgae, incl, beach cast, mussels, fish/shrimp, aqautic animals.

Organization information

Name of organization: University of Southern Denmark.
Organization type: University.
Size: 4500 employees,
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology.

Main Focus areas:

  • Isolation, quantification, and structure elucidation of primary and secondary metabolites, including isolation of bioactive natural products by bioassay and/or assay-guided chromatographic fractionation.
  • Development of new chromatographic and spectroscopic methods for the analysis of secondary metabolites in plants/foods, biofluids, and tissues.
  • Bioactivity of secondary metabolites from plant foods and medicinal plants and evaluation of their possible health-promoting effects as well as their toxicological effects.
  • Development of large-scale methods for the extraction and isolation of specific natural products.
  • Natural colorants and flavour of fruits and vegetables and other food products in relation to cultivars, post-harvest, storage, and processing.
  • Isolation and analysis of marine secondary metabolites (macro- and microalgae, and marine invertebrates).

Service offer

Analytical techniques, bioresources,


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