Abstract

Single cell protein (SCP) refers to the dried biomass produced from microorganisms grown in culture systems. A wide variety of sources for carbon and energy can be used. Among such potential novel sources of protein are bacteria, yeasts and algae. Although food produced from micro-fungi has been included in the term SCP, this is not strictly correct as fungi are coenocytic [1. The cells also contain carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, fibre and nucleic acids in addition to protein. The potential uses of SCP are as a food or as a food ingredient for humans and animals. Commercial production of SCP is limited to a small number of processes due to high capital and operating costs, and to the high cost of nutritional and toxicological assessments [[2].

Keywords

Cholesterol Cellulose Phosphorus Carbohydrate Petroleum 

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