New, industry-leading Single-Cell Proteins

Date: 20.09.2023Source: dsm-firmenich

dsm-firmenich has developed new, industry-leading, Single-Cell Proteins (SCPs) which have the capacity for the production of net-zero carbon protein to help meet demand and feed the global population within planetary boundaries.

SCP will ensure the sustainability of food systems by partially decoupling animal production from conventional inputs and associated challenges, e.g., fertiliser use, deforestation, and water while helping to fill the projected protein gap.

The use of SCPs as an animal feed ingredient is a game-changer that can reduce the land and water footprint required for animal farming and contribute to 1.5 degrees of global warming goals.

SCPs contain all or most of the essential amino acids required by animals, and can be used for aquaculture, poultry, swine and companion animals for growth and development contain have numerous benefits, including:

  • Shorter generation times.
  • The ability to use different feedstocks or substrates.
  • No requirements for land.
  • The possibility to produce continuously throughout the year in any part of the world.
  • No drop in animal performance when compared to traditional feeds.
  • Environmental benefits
  • Alongside their incredible nutritional value, they are a low carbon-intensive microbial protein.
  • SCPs can help close the impending protein demand gap without increasing the carbon footprint of our food system.
  • It has the potential for net zero production carbon emissions and resource usage.

Researchers at the DSM Bioscience Centre in Delft have shown excellent performance when compared to feeds containing fish meal and soy protein concentrate.

Rainbow trout were grown for 12 weeks on different inclusions of SCP ranging from 0%, 5%, 10% to 20% on extruded feeds, with single cell protein replacing a combination of fish meal and soy protein concentrate. The data indicates single cell protein inclusion has no negative impact on fish performance measured by final body weight.  For more visit dsm-firmenich

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