We are happy to announce that a new NordForsk project entitled ’Sustainable aquaculture feed based on novel biomass from wood by-products (SAFE)’ has been launched recently. The project is led by Volha Shapaval from Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the consortium includes Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Tallinn University of Technology (TTU), and University of Akureyri. SAFE project aims at utilizing the potential of oleaginous yeast and thraustochytrids and developing high-value oil enriched biomass containing carotenoids, astaxanthin and beta-glucans for salmon feed from wood-based materials. SAFE will develop a process for producing microbial biomass with a high level of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and omega-6 monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids by oleaginous thraustochytrids and yeast from the second- generation sugars derived from Nordic woody feedstock. Further, FôrTek will formulate fish feed based on the produced microbial biomass and Cargill will test it for fish health and growth. Thus, SAFE project is strongly connected with Yeast4Bio Cost Action in respect of its aims and partners. Moreover, the project idea was born during the COST meeting held in Budapest last year.

                                                                                      

Congratulation for the very interesting research project and new collaborations!