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Scientists create “egg whites” using fungus

By The Daily Mail   

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Researchers claim to have developed an 'environmentally sustainable' alternative to farming chickens.

A vegan and environmentally-friendly egg white has been created using fungus, which could provide an alternative to intensive chicken farming.

Researchers in Finland have created ovalbumin, the primary protein in egg white, out of Trichoderma reesei, a species of fungus known to degrade clothing.

Ovalbumin that’s ethically produced using T. reesei – called ‘Tr-OVA’ – could become a sustainable replacement for chicken egg white protein powder, a widely used ingredient in the food industry.


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