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Meet the two plant metabolic engineers using molecular farming to grow proteins from potatoes

The current global protein demand exceeds 200 million tonnes. And with the world’s population expected to reach 9.8 billion in the next 30 years, the race is on to find sustainable protein alternatives. 

Could the humble potato be the key to a scalable, cost-effective protein source to meet the food industry’s protein demands and to nourish the world’s growing population?

As Laura Hodgkiss reports in an article published by FoodHack, Dr. Maya Sapir-Mir and Dr. Raya Liberman-Aloni think so. Maya and Raya believe they can turn this versatile, yet underused vegetable into a scalable protein source with molecular farming.

To make this idea happen, the Israeli researchers teamed up to launch their company PoLoPo at the beginning of 2022. Together, they are developing a plant biofactory producing proteins that can be used as functional ingredients in the food industry. With potatoes.

Source: FoodHack. Read the full story here
Image: PoLoPo founders Maya Sapir-Mir (left) and Raya Liberman-Aloni (right)
Related: Israeli company secures funding for technology to express egg protein in potatoes

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