Joint investigation by Aquapharm and Leatherhead seeks to uncover new natural preservatives from marine bacteria and fungi

A new joint investigation by Aquapharm and Leatherhead is seeking to uncover new natural preservatives from marine bacteria and fungi.

Aquapharm Biodiscovery believes its substantial collection of marine bacteria and fungi from a variety of diverse sources could offer some solutions. It has teamed up with Leatherhead Food International to develop a source of naturally-derived anti-microbial compounds.

Based at the European Centre for Marine Biotechnology in Oban on Scotland’s West coast, Aquapharm uses it epigenetics platform to expose these microorganisms to stresses that they would not normally be exposed to, which allows conformational changes in the DNA structure and wakes up silent genetic pathways.

In this way the microorganisms can be stimulated to produce novel, biologically active compounds.

AquaPharm is drawn up its shortlist, Leatherhead Food Research – which has experience in the identification, evaluation and application of new preservatives for foods – will screen it against its collection of food spoilage organism to measure the preservative performance.

The results of the collaboration will be made available to industry via Leatherhead’s membership network and an industry partner or partners may further develop and commercialise them.

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