Cellular agriculture: Industrial biotechnology for food and materials

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Abstract

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
Volume61
Early online date8 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

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Biotechnology
Agriculture
Food
Plant Cells
Proteins
Meat
Meats
Cultured Cells
Environmental impact
Structural properties
Technology
Profitability
Raw materials
Animals
Pressure
Cells
Population

Keywords

  • cellular agriculture
  • plant cells

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In: Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Vol. 61, 02.2020, p. 128-134.

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