Sustainable Feed Alternatives from ‘Green’ Resource

World compound feed production is fast approaching an estimated 1 billion tons annually (USA and China are the largest producers), with around 300 million tons of feed being produced directly by farm mixing. Global commercial feed manufacturing generates an estimated annual turnover of over US $400 billion. A significant well-functioning market is already there and that is what creates the way forward for Mycorena’s new feed product, ASCOFEED based on filamentous fungi.

Filamentous fungi have been used for centuries for the production of various fermented dishes and beverages all over the world. The most prominent dishes and drinks produced from different species of filamentous fungi include tempeh, red rice (anfkak), oncom, sufu, soy sauce, Quorn® and wine. Our team at Mycorena are working together to build processes that uses these Fungi to turn the industrial byproducts/wastes into valuable products with applications in various clean- technologies. Our fungi are microorganisms that are able to turn the inedible into nutritive products. Our fungi are able to grow on various agricultural byproducts and produce biomass in a carbon-negative process that can be used for example in feed applications. Feed production is generally a resource-intensive production. But at Mycorena, we found a natural solution for this; our fungal biomass is good for feed and great for the planet.

The World is in great demand for new feed resources and maybe in particular alternatives to fishmeal and soy-products. The demand for natural feed ingredients is increasing day by day due to the demand from customers for ‘clean labeling’ and environmentally friendly products. Fungal biomass provide a readily available alternative source of naturally derived feed. In contrast to other sources, they have enormous advantages including rapid growth, easy processing, and independence of weather conditions. Apart from being a good source of high quality proteins and fatty acids, fungal biomass contain compounds that possess many biological properties such as antioxidant, antimicrobial and anticancer activity. Additionally, some filamentous fungi are being explored as a potential candidate for probiotic in feed products.

Our fungi can grow on agro-industrial waste products to enhance their value as animal feed. The biomass contains high amount of protein and fat rich mycelia with an amino acid enrichment of several essential amino acids like valine, leucine, threonine, isoleucine and arginine. Thus, the biomass can be a high value alternative to animal feed. To know more about our fungal consortium and results from the feed-application pilot test, get in touch with us: info@mycorena.com

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Rebecca Gmoser (PhD),
Fungi- Process Engineer,
Mycorena AB,
Box 8000, SE-501 18 Borås,
Sweden.
Rebecca@mycorena.com

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