Marine microbes can provide sustainable nutrients for supplements and animal-free meat

South Australia’s pristine coastal waters are home to fungal-like microorganisms that could be important future components of dietary supplements, animal-free meat, medicines, and biofuels. Researchers at Flinders University in South Australia have discovered.

Associate Professor Munish Puri, a medical biotechnology researcher at Flinders University’s Faculty of Medicine and Public Health, said: release On Saturday, the value of the global dietary supplement market is increasing and more and more people are looking to them to improve their health.

“But the current sources of these products, animals, including sea creatures, are not sustainable in the long run, so we need to find alternative sources of protein and lipids needed to produce them.” He said.

so paper Puri et al., Published in the journal Trends in Biology, state that a group of marine microorganisms called slough mitrids are a valuable source of these nutrients and can be used for multiple purposes.

“By adjusting the thrust quitrid by precision fermentation, we can produce single cell oils (SCOs) that can be used in the dietary supplement industry to produce supplements and other dietary supplements, and without the need for farmland. Cultivated in a controlled environment, it protects SCOs from pollution, “says Puri.

Single cell oil Edible oil from unicellular microorganisms, mainly yeasts, fungi and algae.

“Slaustochitrid is also a suitable lipid for omega 3 fatty acids, squalene (used in cosmetics and vaccines), exopolysaccharides (used in pharmaceuticals), enzymes, aquaculture feeds, pigments and biodiesel compositions.”

Through the integration of bioprocessing, fermentation, and advanced manufacturing, the team said Slough Kitrid also proves a viable ingredient for economically sustainable industrial-scale production of plant-based meats. ..

“Producing plant-based meat requires proteins, nutrients, and fats. Throustochitrid is an oily (oily) microorganism that produces high fat content, and these fats are animal. It is expected to mimic the structure of fats, enhance the sensory properties of plant-based meats, and give them a delicious taste, “says Puri.

“With the growing popularity of vegan and vegetarian diets, we find that finding alternatives to animal products is a major growth market, with concerns about the sustainability of the agricultural industry and its impact on fossil fuel emissions.” He said.

Puri and his Flinders University team have approved a partnership agreement with Nourish Ingredients Pty Ltd to further develop animal-free meat products.

The project has been awarded approximately $ 2.8 million through a federal joint research center project grant to support short-term multicenter joint research projects.

“We aim to develop an algae production system that can provide predictable and environmentally friendly alternatives to animal sources and serve the growing vegetarian market in Australia,” said Puri. ..

Steve Milne


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