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The 4th and Final General Assembly of SYLFEED

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On the 28th and 29th of June the final General Assembly of the SYLFEED project will be held. The meeting will gather every partner of the project to review the final results of this 4 year fruitful collaboration. The Assembly will take place online.

Below is an introduction video to the SYLFEED project. A new video presenting the main results of the project will be made available soon on this webpage.

SYLFEED Final Webinar Series Announced

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Three webinars are scheduled in June and August, to cover results demonstrated in the project on product performance, process performance, and environmental performance.

During 4 years, the consortium of partners lead by Arbiom focused on 3 main activites:

  • The demonstration of the scale-up of Arbiom process, to ensure a technical validation of our process
  • The validation of the performance of SylPro, Arbiom‘s protein rich ingredient, in aquaculture.
  • The comparison of the environmental performance of SylPro against other protein sources to confirm its sustainability value.

In this final webinar series, members of the consortium will share the key achievements of the project.

Arbiom Achieves Continuous Fermentation Milestone in SYLFEED with support of BioBase Europe Pilot Plant (BBEU)

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Arbiom achieved another critical step in its Demonstration Program to scale up its technology to produce an alternative protein ingredient, SylPro®. Arbiom works with BBEU as part of the SYLFEED project to scale-up its Wood to Food technology. Today Arbiom and BBEU are announcing success of several continuous one-week fermentation operations at 15m 3 scale. To read the full press release, please visit the Arbiom website.

SYLFEED Consortium Completes Successful Aquafeed Trials of Arbiom’s Wood-to-Food Protein Ingredient for Nile Tilapia

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Arbiom recently announced the results of a successful study evaluating SylPro®, its high-quality alternative protein ingredient, for use in Nile tilapia feed. The four-week trial was conducted by Matís Icelandic Food & Biotech R&D as part of the SYLFEED consortium.

In the recent study, SylPro® was included in Nile tilapia diets at levels of 0%, 10%, 20% and 30%, replacing a plant protein mix comprised of corn gluten meal, soybean meal and sunflower meal. The fish meal content of the diets remained constant. Results showed the replacement of the plant protein mix by SylPro® showed no statistical difference in performance compared to conventional protein ingredients in terms of fish growth rates, measured in body weight gain, of the Nile tilapia at up to a 30% inclusion level in the diets.


“The Nile tilapia trial results indicate that SylPro® can be used to replace a plant protein mix in feeds for juvenile Nile tilapia without significant loss in growth performance,” said Dr. Jon Arnason, Senior Animal Nutritionist with Matis.

“This is a crucial developmental stage for the Nile tilapia and this study shows Arbiom’s novel protein to be a viable, nutritional protein ingredient,” Arnason said.

“These results build on findings from previous growth trial studies of SylPro® in aquafeed diets for Atlantic salmon and Hybrid Striped Bass,” said Marc Chevrel, CEO of Arbiom. “Arbiom’s Wood-to-Food technology platform, and our flagship commercial product, SylPro®, continue to consistently demonstrate that we can offer a viable alternative protein source for the aquaculture and animal feed industries, said Chevrel.

Arbiom has future additional studies planned to evaluate SylPro® performance in Atlantic salmon diets, in terms of  growth and in vivo digestibility.

“We look forward to continuing to scale-up both Arbiom’s Wood-to-Food process technology, and to advance commercial adoption of our first protein product in the market, with the goal of achieving full commercialization of Arbiom’s technology,” Chevrel said.


Video introduction to the LCA of Sylfeed

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In the Sylfeed project Ostfoldforskning investigates the environmental performance of the protein product being produced with Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) all through the project. In this video Andreas Brekke from Ostfoldforskning explains the importance of LCA for assessing environmental impact of products and how it is implemented in the Sylfeed project, all through the value chain; from wood sourcing to feed for aquaculture. Preliminary LCA data indicates promising early results from a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study of SylPro. See also Arbiom Sylpro shows lowest impact on climate change compared to other proteins.


Arbiom SylPro shows lowest impact on climate change compared to other proteins

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Preliminary LCA data indicates promising early results from a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study of SylPro, a new alternative protein product produced by Arbiom. When compared to other protein sources, such as fish meal and soy protein concentrate, SylPro shows the lowest impact on climate change, supporting its viability as a sustainable solution to the looming global protein gap. The LCA study was conducted by Ostfoldforskning, a Norwegian consultancy with experience evaluating environmental performance of materials, fuels and feeds. The LCA methodology used for the study calculations was designed to focus on six particularly relevant environmental impact categories as identified in The Product Environmental Footprint Category rules (PEFCR) for “Feed for food-producing animals” (FEFAC, 2018). “From the beginning it has been our goal to develop a protein ingredient that was not only nutritional, economical and traceable, but also above all, sustainable,” said Marc Chevrel, CEO of Arbiom. “The preliminary LCA results are incredibly promising in helping to validate this goal, and in supporting Arbiom’s commitment to sustainably feed the world’s growing population.”

The LCA study accounted for all unit operations in Arbiom’s production process to produce SylPro from wood biomass. These included wood sourcing from forests to a representative Arbiom commercial unit and all energy and material use in each production step, including the production of the energy and material sources themselves. The last step accounted for transportation to end use in aquafeed. Among various environmental impact indicators, climate change was scrutinized according to IPCC2013 100 yr v.1.03 (Reference IPCC 2013). “We evaluated SylPro against other protein sources across multiple environmental impact categories, including its impact on climate change,” said Andreas Brekke, PhD, Senior Research Scientist from Ostfoldforskning. “While the results are preliminary, the data thus far shows positive signs in supporting SylPro® as a sustainable solution to the protein gap,” Brekke said. The LCA was conducted as part of the SYLFEED Project, an international and multidisciplinary project of 10 industry partners dedicated to scaling-up Arbiom’s Wood to Food Technology to convert wood residues into a protein-rich ingredient comprised of a microorganism for use in animal and aqua feed. Additional LCA results for SylPro® will be released later in 2020.

Video Introduction to Sylfeed

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Today we launched a short introduction video to the Sylfeed project. It contains interviews with the partners of the project, explaining the scale-up of the Wood to Food technology and the roles of the partners, from wood sourcing to fish feed for aquaculture. Please have a look and you are very welcome to share it on social media.