“We also know that thraustochytrids can produce a wide range of high-value bioproducts, such as omega-3 fatty acids, squalene (used in cosmetics and vaccines), exopolysaccharides (used in pharmaceuticals), enzymes, aquaculture feed, pigments and lipids suitable for biodiesel composition.”
In 2022, Nourish Ingredients Pty Ltd alongside Munish and his team at Flinders were awarded $2.829 million from the federal government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants to develop environmentally friendly lipid using the fermented oily microbes.
He says the oily microbes produce a high lipid (fat) content, expected to mimic the structure of animal fats, resulting in similar sensory properties including taste.
"The biggest challenge faced by food producers is to create animal-free meat with fine texture, flavour and meat-like mouthfeel," Munish says. "It's anticipated that this can be improved by adding fat and its substitutes."