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Bühler builds first industrial-scale insect processing plant in Europe

Bühler Insect Technology will build its first industrial plant to process black solider flies for animal nutrition together with its partner Protix in the Netherlands. Bühler will deliver the technology, equipment, and process know how for the rearing and processing of the insects and the feedstock preparation. Start of operation is planned for the first half of 2018. Andreas Aepli, CEO of Bühler Insect Technology, says: “With this first industrial insect protein production plant we will make an important step towards a more sustainable global food and feed value chain”.Protein is an essential component of nutrition for both humans and animals. About 15% of the daily energy intake should be covered by protein, to build and repair the cells that sustain life. Agriculture produces roughly 525 million tonnes of plant protein a year, found in corn, rice, wheat, or soybeans. However, today’s protein production is not sustainable: Only 25% of proteins land as vegetable proteins on our plates, while 15% are wasted and 60% are used to produce animal protein. Furthermore, with the growing world population, protein production needs to double by 2050. Experts agree this cannot be achieved using traditional farming practices and resources, which is why alternative sources for protein such insects or algae are becoming increasingly important. Insects offer a sustainable alternative: Grown on organic residues, they can recover up to 70% of nutrients, thus recycling these underutilized streams back to the food value chain. Largest insect-processing plant on an industrial scale in Europe In January 2017, Bühler and Protix founded the joint venture Bühler Insect Technology to serve the insect processing industry. Building the first black soldier fly processing plant in Europe together is the next step in this cooperation and will serve as a modular and scalable blueprint for future projects. The plant will be situated in the Netherlands and will serve customers in the feed industry. With construction starting this year, the plant is expected to be operational in the first half of 2018. It will produce protein meal and lipids that are used in the animal nutrition sector to feed pigs, chicken, fish, and domestic animals. The black soldier fly larvae are fed carefully selected organic byproducts from local distilleries, food producers and vegetable collectors in the Netherlands, which further underlines the sustainability of the process.

Reference: buhlergroup

ADM Opens Soy Processing Capabilities at Oilseeds Plant in Spyck, Germany

Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) has successfully crushed its first non-GMO soybeans at its facility in Spyck, northwestern Germany. Located close to the Dutch border, the site was previously only used to crush rape and sunflower seeds. The new switch capacity is part of ADM’s long-term strategy to expand its network of European soy processing plants, enabling it to better service its soybean meal customers and support local farmers in increasing the region’s soybean acreage.“The extended soybean crushing capacity in Spyck will help us meet customer demand as the European non-GMO soybean market continues to grow,” says Jon Turney, general manager, European soybean crush at ADM. “The additional flexibility that we now have also gives us the ability to quickly respond to changing market dynamics for rape, sunflower and soy in the future.” ADM also crushes non-GMO soybeans at its facility in Straubing, Germany. In the past year, it has been working with farmers and industry accreditation bodies to create further opportunities to grow and market soybeans across northwest Europe. “We are committed to growing the soybean industry in this region, and we are working hard to help farmers in France and along the Danube see the value of growing soybeans within their rotation,” said Rene van der Poel, commercial manager for Oilseeds in Germany at ADM. “It is a great achievement for the team in Spyck to execute this latest step in our growth strategy, both on time and on budget. Flexible crush capacities, scale and carefully managed production costs per unit all remain key to our ongoing success in the region over the long term,” said John Grossmann, president, European crush and origination.”

Reference: ADM company

Fish oil from GM plants

The work, published online today by Nature in Scientific Reports, comes from a collaboration between Rothamsted Research and the University of North Texas. The researchers found that genetically modified Camelina sativa, one of Europe’s oldest oilseed crops, is able to produce omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) EPA and DHA.This was made possible by engineering the oilseed crop with genes from marine microbes. EPA and DHA are normally produced in abundance only by marine microbes. Growing demand for these fatty acids, especially from the aquaculture sector, has so pressurised supplies that farmed fish now contain less of these nutrients than 10 years ago. EPA and DHA are important in countering the relentless global rise in cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders. In camelina, they also come without the contamination associated with some ocean-sourced fish oils, such as that from heavy metals, dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The researchers found that the transgenic plants can also actually grow in the field. “Demonstrating that our GM camelina works in the field under real world conditions confirms the promise of our approach,” says Johnathan Napier, Leader of the Camelina Programme at Rothamsted, which led the research. “Having a viable land-based source of omega-3 fish oils can really address the ever-increasing demand for these healthy fatty acids. Furthermore, our new and unexpected insights into fatty acid accumulation across the seed points towards further opportunities to optimise this,” says Napier. “I am convinced that transgenic plants such as ours can help reduce the pressure on oceanic sources of fish oils, and this study brings that one step closer to reality.”

Reference: AllAboutFeed

High-carotenoid maize instead of pigments

High-carotenoid maize can be a suitable alternative to adding pigments to the feed. This is also cheaper because maize is already part of the diet, a group of Spanish researchers concluded. Skin colour is the first quality attribute of poultry meat that is evaluated by consumers.A golden skin colour is preferred by consumers, especially in North America and the Asia-Pacific markets, because this is associated with a normal state of health. Skin pigmentation is affected by genotype, the quantity and dietary source of pigments, and the health of the birds, among other factors. However, chickens, like most other animals, must obtain carotenoids from their diet because they cannot synthesize them naturally. Therefore, synthetic or natural carotenoids are therefore routinely added to feed formulations. Effect of high-carotenoid maize But pigments are expensive and hence increase the production costs. Researchers in Spain therefore wanted to study if certain crops, already used routinely in feed formulations, offer an alternative cost-effective strategy to replace colour additives if they are biofortified with sufficient levels of carotenoids. The research team tested the hypothesis that high-carotenoid (HC) maize, which was genetically engineered to accumulate high levels of β‐carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin in the endosperm, can replace carotenoid additives in poultry feed by performing two feeding trials using diets incorporating different maize lines with diverse carotenoid compositions: control (wild-type M37W, the parental line), HC, and standard yellow commercial maize supplemented with colour additives (marigold flowers and red paprika extracts). A cost-effective alternative The effects of dietary treatments on growth performance, health parameters, colour evolution and carotenoid distribution were determined. It was found that high-carotenoid maize had no adverse effects on poultry, and the birds fed on the HC diet developed similar pigmentation to those fed on the commercial diet supplemented with colour additives, although the latter had greater yellowness values due to the high levels of lutein in the feed. The researchers conclude that HC maize is a suitable cost-effective alternative to colour additives in the poultry production industry.

Reference: Animal Feed Science and Technology


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