Dutch DSM, US firm NutraCea plan to extract proteins from rice bran

17 August 2011 16:19  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dutch chemicals major DSM and US firm NutraCea have agreed to jointly work on technologies to extract and modify vegetable proteins from rice bran, they said on Wednesday.

The collaboration between DSM and NutraCea could, if successful, help address global food supply issues and reduce nitrogen fertilizer applications, they said.

“We realised that mining for food components like proteins from vegetable agricultural side streams or biorefineries could play an important role as part of a solution,” said Remco van Es, business manager at DSM’s food and feed segment.

“Furthermore, when it comes to the nitrogen cycle our planet's sustainable limits have already been exceeded by at least 200%,” he said. “It is only logical to investigate possibilities to harvest protein from currently underdeveloped sources like rice bran."

The companies did not disclose financial terms.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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