News & Analysis on the Global Animal Feed Industry
Special edition: Novel Proteins
Move to generate single cell feed proteins from gases underway globally
By Aerin Einstein-Curtis
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Last year UK start-up, Deep Branch Biotechnology, told us it had completed validation work on its technology that converts carbon dioxide into a single cell protein for use in fish and monogastric feed. The company, only founded in July 2018, reported in June last year that the first demonstration of its technology at a site of a commercial partner, in North Yorkshire, was getting underway.
Also in June 2019, SCP producer, Calysta, announced a US$30m investment from BP Ventures. The company said the funds would support a worldwide rollout of its microbial protein for fish and livestock feed as well as pet food, which is branded as FeedKind; the SCP is made via a patented natural-gas fermentation platform.
Last year, we also saw Danish SCP innovator, Unibio, partnering with Core Protein in an effort to locate a methane-to-protein production plant in Texas, in the US. The single-cell producer also reported that was working to establish a facility to generate feed protein in Saudi Arabia.