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Low Cost Production of Yeast from Heat-stabilized Defatted Rice Bran

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83702
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2009-01153
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Nutraceutical Innovations, LLC
535 W. Research Center Bvd. Su Fayetteville, AR 72701-0000
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Low Cost Production of Yeast from Heat-stabilized Defatted Rice Bran
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-33610-18014
Award Amount: $80,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Phase I project focuses on the economic production of yeast in an automated bio-reactor using rice bran as an energy and nutrient source. Rice bran is an under-utilized, abundantly available, low-cost co-product of the rice milling process and is currently used almost exclusively as an inexpensive additive in animal feed. The use of heat-stabilized defatted rice bran (HDRB) for the production of yeast is an innovative approach to increase the value of HDRB. In preliminary studies, yeast has been shown to have an equivalent growth performance in HDRB as in potato dextrose broth, a high performance growth medium, which indicates that HDRB provides the energy and nutrients necessary for optimal yeast production. Conditions will be optimized using response surface methodology to maximize the production of yeast from HDRB. Yeast is used in the production of and as an additive in a wide variety of foods and beverages. The yeast production industry and the industries that use yeast in their production process will benefit immediately from the availability of a new, low-cost, high performance growth medium for yeast. Riceland Foods, the worlds largest rice miller, saw great potential in the implementation of this process to increase the value of HDRB and has committed substantial cash start-up funds to Nutraceutical Innovations. The low-cost production of yeast is just one element of a patent-pending total system approach to produce a wide range of potential high market value products from HDRB.

Principal Investigator:

Ronny Horax
4795712592
rhorax@virtual-incubation.com

Business Contact:

Mark Wagstaff
Vice President
4795712592
mwagstaff@virtual-incubation.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Nutraceutical Innovations, LLC
535 W. Research Ctr. Blvd. Suite 135, M/S 1300 Fayetteville, AZ 72701

EIN/Tax ID: 830458460
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No