A fungus-like microbe taken from the pristine waters of South Australia could show to be an important ingredient in making the whole lot from dietary dietary supplements, medicines and biofuels to animal-free meat, in accordance to Flinders University researchers.
“Currently, the worldwide marketplace for dietary dietary supplements is rising in worth, with an increasing number of individuals turning to them for added well being and weight loss program advantages,” says Associate Professor Munish Puri, a medical biotechnology researcher in Flinders University’s College of Medicine and Public Health.
“However, our present sources of those merchandise—particularly animals together with sea creatures—aren’t sustainable in the long term, so there’s a want to seek for different sources of protein and lipids required of their manufacturing.”
Writing within the journal Trends in Biotechnology, Associate Professor Puri and colleagues say thraustochytrids (a gaggle of marine microbes) could show a helpful supply for not solely dietary dietary supplements, however present for different industries, to produce drugs, cosmetics, aquaculture, biofuels and, finally, animal-free meat.
“By tuning the thraustochytrids via precision fermentation, we will produce single-cell oil (SCO), which may be utilized by the nutraceutical trade for producing dietary supplements and different nutraceuticals, with the added benefit that it would not require agricultural land and might be cultivated in a managed setting, preserving the SCO free from contamination,” says Associate Professor Puri.
“We additionally know that thraustochytrids can produce a variety of high-value bioproducts, corresponding to omega-3 fatty acids, squalene (utilized in cosmetics and vaccines), exopolysaccharides (utilized in prescribed drugs), enzymes, aquaculture feed, pigments and lipids appropriate for biodiesel composition.”
The authors say the combination of bioprocessing, fermentation and superior manufacturing lead to economically sustainable processes that will allow industrial-scale manufacturing of those biologically essential merchandise, together with the event of plant-based meats.
“To produce plant-based meats, it requires proteins, vitamins and fat. Thraustochytrids are an oleaginous (oily) microorganism that produce excessive lipid (fats) content material and it’s anticipated that these fat will mimic the construction of animal fat, enhancing the sensory properties of plant-based meats and confer a scrumptious style,” says Associate Professor Puri.
“With the expansion in recognition of vegan and vegetarian diets, alongside issues concerning the sustainability of our agricultural industries and its affect on fossil gasoline emissions, we will see that discovering alternate options to animal merchandise is a serious rising market.”
This month, Associate Professor Puri and his crew at Flinders University have endorsed a accomplice settlement with Nourish Ingredients Pty Ltd, to additional develop animal-free meat merchandise.
“We are trying to develop an algal manufacturing system that may present a predictable and environmentally pleasant different to animal sources and might serve rising vegetarian markets in Australia,” says Associate Professor Puri.
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Adarsha Gupta et al, Multiproduct biorefinery from marine thraustochytrids in direction of a round bioeconomy, Trends in Biotechnology (2021). DOI: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2021.09.003
Ocean organism could be key to animal-free meat (2022, May 6)
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