Microbial raw materials as source for protein and EPA and DHA for use in aquafeed – "MICRO-Feed"

R&D project 4/15 – 03/18

In this project we will explore the potential of cultured marine microorganisms to become a new sustainable feed source for aquaculture. Marine microorganisms are the natural source of essential fatty acids in the marine food web, and in addition they provide proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, pigments and antioxidants. We will focus on two groups: 1) the heterotrophic thraustochytrids, which accumulate high levels of DHA-rich lipids, and 2) phototrophic microalgae, rich in EPA and/or DHA.

The project will be coordinated by SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture AS.

NTNU, Dept of Biotechnology has state of the art facilities for molecular biology research and long term experience in research on both heterotrophic microorganism and microalgae for industrial applications.

ILU will cultivate phototrophic microalgae, suitable for mass production with high content of EPA/DHA.

MATIS, Iceland focuses on increasing the value in food processing and production as well as ensuring the safety and quality of food and feed products, and runs experimental aquaculture facilities for testing novel raw materials

MEDFRI, Turkey is a research institute conducting research, production and training activities on all aquatic organisms under the auspices of Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock

Ege University, Turkey, will be a subcontractor to MEDFRI, and perform interdisciplinary research for a sustainable aquaculture cultivation of marine, brackish and freshwater organisms based on industrial challenges and expertise in the involved research teams.