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N&H TOPLINE: Microbial proteins could supplement animal feed

Industrial microbes may feed cattle, pigs and chicken with smaller environmental footprint.

Protein-rich microbes, produced in large-scale industrial facilities, may replace a portion of traditional crop-based feed, according to an announcement from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Cultivating feed in industrial facilities instead of on croplands might help alleviate the critical implications for the agricultural food supply chain.

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