Utilization of Local Agri-processing by-products to Produce Fungal Protein for Aquatic Feed Production
|Hawaii||$49,891||University of Hawaii, Manoa||Samir Khanal, Ph.D.|
Overall Project Goal
The overarching goal of this project is to develop a fungal-based protein substitute for imported aquatic feed by using the locally available, low-cost feedstock molasses, damaged papaya and taro waste, and to conduct feeding trials with the new formulations.
1. Maximize the yield of edible fungus, R. oligosporus, on molasses, damaged papaya and taro wastes, and develop a cost effective fungal biomass production process.
2. Characterize the nutritional quality of fungal biomass and develop test feed formulations with fungal protein for tilapia or shrimp.
3. Conduct feeding trials of newly formulated fish or shrimp feeds by an 8-week growth trial compared to commercial and control diets at Oceanic Institute.
4. Conduct an economic analysis of fungal-based protein as a fishmeal substitute.
5. Technology transfer.