An industrial research centre with oat in focus

Who we are

Passionate about oat, we are working together, for more knowledge and products

What we do

In six work packages, from genome to healthy, sustainable products and tests in a wet milling pilot plant, scientists and companies work together to get knowledge and new, innovative products


Annette Olesen, former board member of ScanOats, has received an award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) for her contribution to Swedish plant breeding and the development of new plant varieties.

“Our goal is to develop food industry using oat as the fundamental ingredient”

– CEO, Leif Bülow

Our ambition with ScanOats is to take a world-leading role in the development of unique products and applications based on oat. The centre will form a link between advanced basic research and industrial applications. This dual approach will benefit Swedish industry, society and agriculture in terms of new knowledge, new products, improved health, a more sustainable environment, increased exports and new jobs. Through the unifying force that ScanOats will provide, we expect that a variety of products and innovations will be delivered partly through members’ activities and partly by ScanOats directly.

Our goals
  • ​Develop new oat varieties
  • Develop new ingredients
  • Promote cultivation of oats
  • Increase the number of application areas
  • Double the exports of oat based products
  • Educate 8-12 experts, start 1-2 companies and create >100 new jobs​
Who we are

Lund University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) together with Lantmännen and Oatly AB working in a strong collaboration with each other.


ScanOats is managed by a Centre Board represented by Lantmännen and Oatly. Both companies with a long tradition and experience of working with oat and oat products. The day-to-day management is handled by a Centre director.

New PhD thesis from ScanOats

Siri Norlander defended 10th of November her thesis Harvesting the Health Potentials of Oat Fibre: Xylanase bioprocessing of Arabinoxylan

Read the popular science summary…

New PhD thesis from ScanOats

Alfia Khairullina defended 29th of September her PhD thesis Controlling Fusarium head blight in oat.

Read the popular science summary…

ScanOats gets its first PhD

Nikos Tsardakas Renhuldt defended 1st of September his PhD thesis Annotating and making use of the Avena sativa cv. Sang reference genome. Read the popular science summary…

Havrens hela genuppsättning publicerat i tidskriften Nature

Nu har forskare på ScanOats och CropTailor i Lund kartlagt och karakteriserat havrens hela genuppsättning

“Grejen med havregrynsgröt”

Listen to the interview with Cecilia Tullberg, WP leader in ScanOats, in the very well-known radio program Meny. “Grejen med havregrynsgröt”

Meet ScanOats work packages leaders

Meet ScanOats work packages leaders

Meet ScanOats work packages leaders Sofia Marmon, Alfredo Zambrano, Johanna Wetterlind (not pictured), Cecilia Tullberg, Lieselotte Cloetens and Martin Hedström…

ScanOats utvecklar havre i alla led

ScanOats utvecklar havre i alla led

Read the interview with Leif Bülow, ScanOats CEO, in the magazine Cerealier, no. 4 2023.  This issue is also largely dedicated to oats and the latest in oat research.  Read the article here (.pdf)

ScanOats R&D

1] The oat genome

2] New oat varieties

3] Sustainable oat cultivation

4] Oat processing

Oat diets

5] Oat diet for disease prevention

Oat diets

6] The Pilot plant