Agro-technology company Devenish and Canadian biotechnology company Mara Renewables Corporation (Mara) have secured funding to develop poultry feeds derived from algae that “ improve human and environmental health“.
A joint bid between the two companies secured £ 384,216 from Innovate U for Devenish, while $ 376,247.00 (CAD) was allocated to Mara by the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program. Canada.
Commenting on the importance of the funding, Richard Kennedy, CEO of Devenish, said:
“The typical human diet lacks health-promoting fats such as omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
“The main source of these nutrients is oily fish, but the recommended serving per week is consumed by very few around the world. ”
According to the CEO of Devenish, there is a public health need to make the consumption of omega-3 DHA more accessible through foods more popular and consumed around the world, such as poultry meat.
“This funding will allow Devenish and Mara to focus on developing the next generation of OmegaPro, our naturally enriched omega-3 DHA rich poultry feed formulated from a sustainable source of algae.
Matthew Sharman, Scientific and Technical Director of the Devenish Group, explained that for the sake of durability and nutrient density, this chicken will be an important source of omega-3 DHA oils in the human diet, while also improving the overall efficiency of poultry production.
“The processes involved will reduce the carbon footprint of omega-3 DHA production and develop a new sustainable protein source, progressing towards the goal of achieving zero net agricultural emissions.”
Devenish and Mara hope their partnership in this area will inspire similar work in other species sectors such as aquaculture and pigs.
Roberto Armenta, Chief Scientist and Director of Research and Development at Mara said:
“Mara believes that nutritional products derived from seaweed can complement and enhance conventional farming methods to provide global health benefits.
“For several years, we have successfully marketed natural omega-3 products made from algae; however, to date the algae protein component of our process has remained underutilized.
“The results of this project will not only bring other nutritional benefits to the food chain, but will conserve the resources necessary for our bioprocess and reduce CO2 emissions.
Devenish and Mara recently formalized their partnership by launching Humanativ, a new joint venture that will allow them to bring their innovations to the global animal nutrition market.