Future access and improvement of industrial lactic acid bacteria cultures
Industrial fermentations based on micro-organisms such as the lactic acid bacteria (LAB) play an important role in several industries globally and represent multi-billion Euro/dollar businesses. LAB provide a natural way to produce safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly products for a variety of industries. Product innovation is a key requirement for these industries to survive and grow globally. However, the development of new products may be affected by two man-made constraints; the Nagoya Protocol on benefit sharing and the opposition to the use of modern biotechnology for strain improvement. An expert workshop was held in Amsterdam, May 10–11, 2017 to discuss these challenges; a number of conclusions and recommendations were formulated and will be presented herein.
Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12934-017-0851-1
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