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.

SYLFEED General Assembly in Paris

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A very successful 30 month General Assembly for the Sylfeed project was held this week, on the 4th and 5th of February, in Paris, France. Arbiom, the project coordinator, hosted the event. All partners presented their work packages, giving the group clear overview on the whole process, deliverables and milestones. A roadmap for the next 6 months until the next General Assembly was also presented. We will continue to keep you posted on the project’s development here on this website.

New Milestone Achieved: Atlantic Salmon Trial Successfully Demonstrates Efficacy of Novel Alternative Protein for Aquafeed

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A new milestone paves way for SYLFEED as its Atlantic Salmon trials successfully demonstrate efficacy of novel protein for aqua feed.

The juvenile Atlantic salmon study was conducted by Matis Icelandic Food & Biotech R&D as part of the SYLFEED project, and it was designed to demonstrate the nutritional performance of Arbiom’s protein product (SylPro®) compared to conventional plant and animal protein sources.

“These findings indicate that SylPro can be used to replace fish meal or plant-based proteins in feed for juvenile Atlantic salmon, a crucial developmental stage, and deliver equivalent nutritional performance as conventional protein sources up to 20 percent inclusion level,” said Alexandra Leeper, PhD candidate from Matis.

Arbiom and partners in the SYLFEED consortium are continuing to validate the nutritional performance and sustainability of SylPro as a new source of protein produced from wood.

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24 Months General Assembly in Ghent

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The SYLFEED 24 month general assembly for the Sylfeed project was held last week, on the 17th and 18th of September, in Ghent, Belgium. The meeting took place at the facilities of the BioBase Europe Pilot Plant (BBEU), a new partner in the SYLFEED project along with BioBased Pilot Facility (BPF). It was a perfect opportunity to meet and get to know the new partners and also to see the pilot plant up close and in action.

The meeting was successful and we look forward to the next stages of the project. We will make sure to keep you posted here on this web page.

SYLFEED Consortium Welcomes New Partners

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Arbiom today announced that it is welcoming two new partners to the SYLFEED Consortium, a project that brings together key industry and research players to convert wood residues to sustainable protein-rich ingredients for Aquaculture. BioProcess Pilot Facility B.V. (BPF), based in Delft, The Netherlands, and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEU), based in Ghent, Belgium, will lend their expertise in process scale-up to the consortium as it seeks to demonstrate the successful scale-up of Arbiom technology and the creation of an effective wood-to-food value chain. View full Press Release.

“Arbiom’s wood-to-food technology has shown enormous promise in its potential to help address the looming global food shortage,” said Peter Flippo, BPF Business Development Manager. “We are excited to join the partners in the SYLFEED consortium to provide our expertise in scaling-up wood fractionation processes and contribute to the demonstration of the wood-to-food value chain,” Flippo said.

“BBEU understands the challenges associated with scale-up of innovative bioconversion technologies,” said Wim Soetaert, CEO, BBEU. “Joining the SYLFEED project presents a strong opportunity to lend our expertise and years of experience to Arbiom’s efforts as the company moves its mission of commercializing its technology,” Soetaert said.

The addition of BPF and BBEU brings the number of SYLFEED partners to 10 as the project seeks to provide a sustainable solution to reduce the European protein gap and enable new economic development opportunities for biomass-rich regions.

18 Months General Assembly in Paris

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A successful 18 month general assembly for the Sylfeed project was held last week, on the 12th and 13th of February. The meeting was hosted by Arbiom in Paris.

The meeting was a perfect opportunity for all partners to meet and review the project objectives and the work plan, with a short overview on each work package. Special focus was on actions launched during the first period and main achievements, along with deliverable and milestone status at this stage of the project.