The Nutreco’s 2022 Young Researchers Prize  

  • Agboola Jeleel Opeyemi Research Fellow (PhD), Animal and Aquacultural Science, at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences was named the winner of this year’s prize at the virtual winners’ ceremony
  • Agboola Jeleel’s winning project saw him awarded the top €12,000 cash prize
  • Chiara Guidi, Postdoctoral Researcher at Centre for Synthetic Biology at the University of Ghent was awarded the €8,000 second place and Giulio Giagnoni, PhD graduate student from Aarhus University in Denmark secured the €5,000 third place prize.

Agboola Jeleel Opeyemi crowned winner of Nutreco’s Young Researchers’ Prize 2022

Agboola Jeleel Opeyemi has been crowned the winner of this year’s Young Researchers’ Prize, securing the top €12,000 cash prize to help further his research.

The prize-winning project “Can fish grow on trees? Yeast as future feed ingredient”, presented by Agboola Jeleel, a graduate from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NBMU) caught the judges’ eye because of its exploration into the nutritional and functional potential of yeasts produced from wood sugars as sustainable fish feeds.

The second-place cash prize of €8,000 goes to Chiara Guidi from the University of Ghent, Belgium, whose research explores a means of tackling antimicrobial resistance through the production and use of Chitooligosaccharides that target pathogens in the guts of weaning piglets, improving their immunity and growth, whilst preventing illness and reducing the need for antibiotics.

Finally, the third winner of the Nutreco Young Researchers Prize is Giulio Giagnoni from Aarhus University, Denmark. Giulio received a cash prize of €5,000 for his research project, which aims to identify climate-efficient phenotypes of dairy cows and reduce methane emissions by amending their diets.