Neiker-Tecnalia, the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, and the company FARMARABA S.L. are working together on a Project designed to produce Omega 3 using marine plant micro-organisms. The ultimate aim is to develop in-house technologies to obtain this highly valued fatty acid, and then apply them at a FARMARABA production plant.
Researchers at the R&D centre, which has proven experience in the biotechnology and agri-foodstuff sector, have managed to obtain meal with a high Omega 3 content by means of the fermentation processes of various marine plant micro-organisms. The experts are seeking to identify and isolate the micro-organisms most suited to producing the fatty acid. They are also researching the most suitable fermentation conditions to obtain types of meal with a greater nutritional value and which are suitable for food applications.
The technology to produce Omega 3 by cultivating micro-organisms is the basis of a flourishing biotechnology industry. So Neiker-Tecnalia and Farmaraba have committed themselves to active collaboration in the development of in-house technologies and in the identification of new micro-organisms capable of producing Omega 3, a functional ingredient increasingly being called for in the production of foodstuffs with a high nutritional value.
The project is being funded by FARMARABA S.L., a subsidiary of Grupo Elgorriaga BRANDS set up in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country) in 2010. The company, which is in the biotechnology sector, is committed to research in a sector where development is booming: the production and marketing of functional ingredients for food use.
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