n February 25, 2020, Philippe Mauguin, President and CEO of INRAE (National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) and Hervé Balusson, CEO of Olmix Group, signed a first framework agreement which aims at strengthening their collaboration in the fields of both environment and animal nutrition and health with the shared objective of developing sustainable and economically viable agricultural food systems.
The growing interest marine algae triggers comes from the nutritional quality of algae and their richness in bioactive molecules which make them potentially usable both in the field of human and animal food and in the field of plant nutrition and health. Olmix and INRA (INRAE after the merge with Irstea on January, 1 2020) have had an ongoing research partnership since 2012 to evaluate the effect of different compounds rich in marine sulfated polysaccharides on a wide range of biological activities able to improve production performance and the resistance of animals to infections.
The research performed in vitro and in vivo highlighted that some of the tested extracts could be efficiently used in feeds as natural products to stimulate the immune response of livestock animals, protect the mucous membranes from pathogens and reduce the use of medical products on farms.
This contract allows the companies to align their priorities for research, innovation and economic benefits. It also gives an opportunity to diversify interactions around the interest of algae extract use in both animal and plant health sectors:
- Impact of algae extracts on nutrition and health of farm animals, aquaculture sector and on food product quality, in an antibiotic-free approach (identification of biological markers and mechanisms of action).
- Research on algae extracts composition, structure and link with their biological activities.
- Identification of active ingredients and their mode of action on plant nutrition and health.
- Sustainable plant production routes, incorporating innovative algae-based crop protection strategies, linked to soil health.
“This framework agreement allows us to strengthen our already solid collaboration in the sector of nutrition and health of farm animals and to diversify our collaboration in the plant nutrition and health sector,” said Philippe Mauguin, CEO of INRAE. “This is a great example of partnership with the industry that our research institute is keen to develop, to accelerate the development of innovative products that respect the soil and the environment.”
Hervé Balusson, CEO of Olmix, added, “This framework contract is both a recognition of our work with INRAE and an incentive to strengthen it. For 20 years, Olmix has been developing algo-based solutions with one objective: to provide economically viable solutions to farmers, for them to produce healthy and sustainable food.”