Thrustochytriads are microbes isolates from the ocean. They are traditionally difficult to culture but NIWA scientists have now managed to culture them in laboratory conditions. Due to their novel metabolic processes they have been shown to produce a range of novel metabolites which NIWA has been investigating as alternative fish food for the aquaculture industry. These metabolites include, oils, sterols and lipids and so their applications could be far ranging.


NIWA is looking for an investor interested in helping to progress this interesting technology area.

Unique Selling Propositions
  • The ability to culture these organisms allows for an in depth analysis of their metabolic outputs, as novel organisms they may offer a unique range of metabolites or a unique method of producing novel industrial chemicals.
  • Early stage technology but depending on the range of metabolites identified they could have a range of applications.
IP Strategy

Currently protected as trade secrets but possibility exists to patent aspects of the technology and/or the novel metabolites or their use.

Project Status

Proof of Principle - Laboratory demonstration of principle only