Pharmaceutical Companies & Lab Researchers See Growing Opportunities in Aquaculture
Food and agriculture lab researchers from around the world are developing new feedstock products for the growing aquaculture market, while pharmaceutical companies are investing in aquaculture-derived tests and drug treatments.
1. Algae Oil Feedstocks Provide A Source Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Farmed Salmon
Two new companies are focused on developing algae-based feedstocks that give farm-raised salmon the supply of heart-healthy Omega-3s that consumers are looking for – without having to rely on fish oil supplements.
The first company is Veramaris, which recently opened a production facility in Nebraska to produce a natural marine algal oil feedstock product. The second is the Israeli firm TransAlgae. Their algae-based feedstock can be fed to freshwater and marine fish as well as crustaceans. TransAlgae says its feedstock can be adjusted to also deliver a variety of medications and supplements, including growth promotion agents, immune-modulators, and vaccines.
2. Creating The New Insect-Derived Feedstocks For Aquaculture
Taking a cue from nature, the company Nutrition Technologies is placing its bets on developing new aquaculture feedstocks made from insect-derived protein.
The company's food laboratory researchers have zeroed in on growing larvae from the black soldier fly, which has the advantage that it can feed on the byproducts of organic waste.
3. Laboratory Researchers Uncover Aquaculture Protein Sources From Wood Products
Agricultural researchers at Texas A&M University are working with the startup Arbiom to evaluate the efficacy of the company's aquaculture feedstock solutions.
The new product, called SylPro, is a yeast single-cell protein (SCP). The twist is where the SCP comes from – it's derived from wood by-products in a special fermentation process.
4. Recovering Protein From Industrial Food Production Processes
Wood is not the only organic product that offers the promise of protein as a by-product.
The Hong Kong-based company iCell Sustainable Nutrition is taking a wider look at food production across the spectrum, from canning vegetables (such as tomatoes), brewing beer, manufacturing dairy products – even producing protein-rich foods, such as beef or chicken.
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