Lallemand Animal Nutrition, a global company with expertise in fermentation technology, announced that it is now an official partner of Foods of Norway, strengthening the development of innovative feeds for aquaculture and agriculture.
Foods of Norway is a Center for Research-based Innovation (CRI) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences funded by The Research Council of Norway and the center's industry partners.
“While we have been connected to this research consortium since the start of the project, Lallemand Animal Nutrition is proud to officially join Food of Norway,” said Mathieu Castex, research and development director of Lallemand Animal Nutrition.
According to the announcement, continued research and development in production of microbial ingredients can make an important contribution to securing the sustainability of the agricultural and aquaculture industries. Advances in microbial protein technology have been driven by large industrial companies in close collaboration with universities and research institutes, the company said.
Foods of Norway center director Margareth Øverland said, “With Lallemand as a partner, with their strong expertise in fermentation technology and access to large-scale infrastructure, this will be an important step in taking the technology of Foods of Norway further. When the technology is proven profitable and demand from the feed market exists, the industry partners in Foods of Norway can easily scale up to commercial production.”
New ingredients, new technology
Foods of Norway is working to develop microbial ingredients such as yeast from blue and green biomass by using new technology and to determine how these affect growth, physiology, health and product quality of Atlantic salmon and traditional livestock animals, the announcement explained.
Microbial products, particularly yeast, are potential sustainable ingredients in feeds for aquaculture and terrestrial animals due to the ability to convert low-value, non-food biomass from the forestry and agriculture industries into high-value feed with limited dependence on arable land, water and changing climatic conditions.
“Our respective research interest in alternative functional protein sources and yeast is an obvious connection. We have followed the progress of Foods of Norway since the start of the program, and we have contributed by producing, for this project, industrial-scale volumes of our Cyberlindnera jadinii strain fermented with sugars obtained from lignocellulosic biomass of Norway spruce trees (Picea abies)," Castex explained.
Lallemand Animal Nutrition is committed to optimizing animal performance and well-being with specific natural microbial product and service solutions. Using sound science, proven results and knowledge, the company develops, produces and markets high-value yeast and bacteria products, including probiotics, silage inoculants and yeast derivatives.