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Two large animal nutrition companies are teaming up to develop algae-based omega-3 fatty acid products for animal nutrition, particularly aquaculture and pet food applications.
DSM Nutritional Products, headquartered in Switzerland, and Evonik Nutrition & Care, headquartered in Germany stated in a press release to meet the increasing demand for omega-3 fatty acids by harnessing naturally occurring marine algae using sustainable, biotechnological processes based on natural, non-marine resources.
Developing products together
Under the agreement, the companies will jointly work on the development of products and explore opportunities for commercialisation.
In the press release, the companies write: "The competencies that DSM and Evonik bring to the development partnership complement each other: DSM has expertise in the cultivation of marine organisms and long-established biotechnology capabilities in development and operations, whilst Evonik's focus for decades has been on industrial amino acid biotechnology executing large-volume fermentation processes."
Natural and sustainable alternatives to fish oil
The envisioned algae-based omega-3 fatty acid products will be high value, natural and sustainable alternatives to fish oil, whose supply is finite. This will help the animal nutrition industry keep up with increasing demand without endangering fish stocks and will contribute to healthy and sustainable animal nutrition.
Just like humans, animals also need their daily intake of essential, long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in their diet to ensure healthy growth. Until now, these fatty acids have been added to aquaculture feed almost exclusively from marine sources such as fish oil and fishmeal.
By using algae, DSM and Evonik are looking to contribute to a more sustainable aquaculture industry.
DSM and Evonik expect that in Q4 2015 they will be able to report the first results of the algae-based omega-3 fatty acid product development.