Cellular agriculture: Industrial biotechnology for food and materials

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Fundamental changes of agriculture and food production are inevitable. Providing food for an increasing population will be a great challenge that coincides with the pressure to reduce negative environmental impacts of conventional agriculture. Biotechnological manufacturing of acellular products for food and materials has already been piloted but the full profit of cellular agriculture is just beginning to emerge. Cultured meat is a promising technology for animal-based proteins but still needs further development. The concept of plant cells as food offers a very attractive alternative to obtain healthy, protein-rich and nutritionally balanced food raw material. Moreover, cultured microbes can be processed into a wide range of biosynthetic materials. A better control over structural properties will be increasingly important in all cultured cell applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-134
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Early online date8 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • cellular agriculture
  • plant cells


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