Adding value to biorefineries by reducing antibiotic use in animal farms
With antibiotic resistance being one major challenge for humanity, actions to reduce antibiotic use are required.
IVAs 100-lista 2023
Gröna & blå näringar, Deep tech
Chalmers tekniska högskola
Regulations have drastically reduced antibiotic use in human and animal treatments. However, animal diseases are a huge risk for farmers and consumers, so alternatives to antibiotics are needed. One way to do this is to improve the defenses of the animals to diminish the disease cases. An option with great potential is to use health enhancers like probiotics and prebiotics.
Our innovation will improve the health benefits of microbes already used in industry, currently used as animal feed. These microbes improve gut health by hindering the growth of disease agents, helping to lower the use of antibiotics in farms. Moreover, by improving the protection power of these microbes, value is added to the existing fermentation processes. This value addition can be key to making economically feasible the bioproduction of sustainable alternatives to products like oils, and plastics.