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Sustainable nutrient media for the industrial production of clean meat

Laboratory-grown clean meat can meet future nutritional needs while overcoming the environmental problems of conventional meat production and meeting consumer demands through sustainable biotechnological product and process innovations. However, current cultured meat production requires great amounts of animal serum and or cost-intensive supplements. For the sustainable industrial production of fat and muscle cells as a basis for the production of meat from the laboratory, large quantities of resource-saving and at the same time cost-efficient culture media will be required in the near future. For this purpose, regional, already existing biological resources are to be used efficiently. These can be, for example, a wide variety of plant extracts or by-products or waste products from rural biomass production or food industry in Baden-Württemberg.

The objectives of the feasibility study Sustainable Meat are:

1. the identification of cost- or energy-intensive components in the established culture media for the cultivation of animal fat or muscle cells.

2. to identify biomass from rural areas, which is available as a by-product or waste product, for the development of sustainable culture media.

3. the reduction of cost- and energy-intensive components in the established culture media of fat and muscle cells while maintaining cell-typical parameters.

4. preparation of a detailed evaluation catalog to assess the market potentials of different solutions for the production of a sustainable culture medium based on regional biomass.

In order to achieve the intended goals, the Reutlingen University (HSRT) plans a close cooperation of with the company PELOBiotech GmbH (PELO), which has many years of well-founded experience in the field of media development, especially with serum-free media formulations. These culture media should allow the growth of animal fat and muscle cells as well as be sustainable, animal-free and cost-effective to produce.

Project duration: 12/2020 until 08/2021

Contact: Simon Heine, Petra Kluger