Optimizing microbial protein as an alternate protein source in pig feed.
FAO predicts global meat production to increase in the coming decades and approximately 1/3rd of the crop production is dedicated to formulating animal feed. Pork being the most consumed meat production worldwide, requires large amounts of feedstuff to meet the demands in future. Principle protein source used currently in pig feed is soybean meal. Extensive land use makes soybean production unsustainable and raising concerns regarding its supply in future demands for alternative protein sources.
In order to reduce soya consumption, our idea focuses on developing microbial protein sources in animal feedstuff. Microbial proteins can be used as an alternative protein source for pigs as low space requirements and lower greenhouse gas emissions during its production makes it more sustainable than soybean meal. Another advantage of incorporating microbial proteins is the ease with which the amino acid composition can be manipulated to meet the nutritional requirements of the animals. Our project will aim on optimizing the microbial protein by reducing production costs and to formulate specialised feedstuff for pigs which will be more sustainable than conventional feedstuff used in the production systems currently.