A significant well-functioning market is already there and that is what creates the way forward for Mycorena’s feed component, AscoFeed, based on high-protein filamentous fungi.
Filamentous fungi in food
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. At Mycorena we are building processes that use these fungi to turn industrial byproducts and waste streams into valuable products. Our fungi are microorganisms that are able to turn the inedible into nutritive products. The 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.
A better feed solution
The world is in great demand for new feed resources and in particular for alternatives to fishmeal and soy-based feed. 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.
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 profile favouring several essential amino acids like valine, leucine, threonine, isoleucine and arginine.
‘Green’ feed? Yes, it’s possible.
Author: Rebecca Gmoser
Originally published on December 19, 2017. Edited by Paulo Teixeira on May 07, 2019.