Fermentation
Plant-Based

Plants as a recombinant protein expression platform for functional food ingredients

Crop plants used as recombinant protein production hosts could offer benefits of minimal processing, cheaper equipment, and fewer downstream purification costs.

Production platform
  • Fermentation
  • Plant-Based
Solution category
  • Commercial
  • Research
Value chain segment
  • Production
  • R&D
  • Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs
Technology sector
  • Crop development
  • Ingredient optimization
Relevant actor
  • Academics
  • Industry
  • Startups
Maturity level
  • 2 – Early adoption

Description

Microorganisms are typically used as recombinant protein hosts but plants can also serve as expression platforms. Crop plants used as production hosts may require minimal processing into value-added ingredients, such as baking flour with integrated egg and dairy functional proteins. Plants offer ready scalability with less need for expensive equipment or downstream purification to isolate proteins of interest from inedible or undesirable hosts. Companies like Mozza and Tiamat Sciences have recently emerged to explore opportunities in this area, but there is likely room for additional entrants.

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