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Scientists create “egg whites” using fungus

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


January 13, 2022
By The Daily Mail

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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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