Class 12 Biology Enhancement In Food Production Single cell protein

Single cell protein

  • Production of protein biomass in large scale using microorganisms and growing them in low cost raw material is called single cell proteins.
  • More than 25% of human population is suffering from malnutrition hence one of the alternating sources of protein for human and animal is SCP.
  • Microbes like Spirulinagrow on waste from potato processing plants, straw, molasses, animal manure and even sewage, to produce large quantities and can serve as food rich in protein, mineral, fats, carbohydrates and vitamins.
  • 250 kg cow produces 200gm of protein per day, in the same period 250gm of microorganism like Methylophilusmethylotophus expected to produce 25 tons of protein.

Fig. Protein produced from spirulina

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