TECH OFFER

Aquatic Feed Enhancement using Microbiome Technology

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Life Sciences - Agriculture & Aquaculture
Sustainability - Food Security
TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TO174310

TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

Aquatic fish feeds are usually derived from marine or soy sources may suffer from digestibility issues, leading to compromised fish health and waste products entering the environment. This technology relates to an aqua microbiome technology derived from the mangrove forest which can be incorporated into the aquatic feed to improve fish health, feed conversion ratio (FCR), and overall taste.

The technology provider is keen to work with feed manufacturers through technical collaboration and licensing agreements to deploy the technology dedicated to specific aquatic species to benefit more farmers.

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

Lactobacillus, found in mangroves were studied, characterised, and dissected using DNA, molecular and microbiological techniques to select the array of beneficial microbes that enhances the health and vitality of the fishes and other aquatic species. The selected microbes were then cultured and post biotic metabolites are enhanced and formulated before integrating it into the aquatic feed.

  • Ambient storage temperature vs. conventional post biotics (requires 4 - 5oC)
  • High post biotics activity at 10CFU/mL
  • Synergistic antimicrobial and immune-boosting effects among microbial consortium 
  • Improved fish gut health leading to enhanced dorsal muscle due to better nutrient utlisation and deposition

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

This technology is mainly applied for aquaculture feed but can be extended to the following:

  1. Pet & Animal Husbandry
  2. Agriculture 
  3. Human Health & Personal Care

Market Trends & Opportunities

The global aquafeed market size was valued at USD 63.8 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% from 2020 to 2027. Growing direct human consumption of seafood and increasing demand for aqua products are projected to fuel the industry growth over the forecast period. The market is anticipated to be driven by ascending demand for animal by-products, such as fish meals, shrimp meals, and squid meals, in feed applications, especially in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific, including India, China, and Vietnam. Moreover, growth in the developed economies can be attributed to gradual technological advancements in feed formulation. Such factors have bolstered the aquafeed demand on a large scale

Benefits

  • Increase in Feed Conversion Rate (FCR) & promotes growth rate 
    • 22x higher in Omega-3 retention,
    • 25% more Monounsaturated Fat
    • 25% more Polyunsaturated Fat
  • Improves the welfare of their livestock with enhanced immunity
  • Lowers livestock mortality rate
  • Produces more nutritious and richer tasting seafood
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