Swiss-based DSM Nutritional Products Ltd and German company Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH, have entered into a joint development agreement for algae-based omega-3 fatty acid products for animal nutrition, particularly for aquaculture and pet food applications.
The aim is 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.
Under the agreement, the companies will jointly work on the development of products and explore opportunities for commercialization. DSM has expertise in the cultivation of marine organisms and long established biotechnology capabilities, whilst Evonik’s focus is on industrial amino acid biotechnology and large-volume fermentation processes.
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.
The first results of the algae-based omega-3 fatty acid product development are expected in Q4 2015.