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Record number 355368
Title Insect cells for human food
Author(s) Verkerk, M.C.; Tramper, J.; Trijp, J.C.M. van; Martens, D.E.
Source Biotechnology Advances 25 (2007)2. - ISSN 0734-9750 - p. 198 - 202.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biotechadv.2006.11.004
Department(s) Bioprocess Engineering
Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
VLAG
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2007
Abstract There is a need for novel protein sources. Insects are a possible interesting source of protein. They are nutritious in terms of protein (40-75 g/100g dry weight) and minerals. Insect protein is of high quality and has a high digestibility (77-98%) and concentration of essential amino acids (46-96% of the nutritional profile). Also insect cells may be a promising novel source of protein. Choice of cell line, growth conditions and use of the baculovirus expression system opens up possibilities to engineer the nutritional value of the biomass. The technological limits as well as consumer acceptance of insect cell based food remains to be investigated.
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