Marine Products

Marine Products

Description

Fish by-products contain compounds that can be developed for high-value industrial applications, providing an additional value stream for the seafood industry. Plant & Food Research has a Bioprocessing Laboratory and Pilot Plant that allows us to develop real products from our marine compound extraction and modification research, allowing partners to easily transfer these products for efficient production at industrial scale.

Expertise

Fish by–products contain compounds that can be developed for high–value industrial applications, providing an additional value stream for the seafood industry. Plant & Food Research has a Bioprocessing Laboratory and Pilot Plant that allows us to develop real products from our marine compound extraction and modification research, allowing partners to easily transfer these products for efficient production at industrial scale.

Objective

Plant & Food Research welcomes enquires from research, industry or investment partners interested in developing high value ingredients and biomaterials from seafood by-products.

Research Focus

The Marine Products Team develops nutraceuticals, food ingredients, cosmetic ingredients and biomaterials from marine organisms. There is a major focus on adding value to marine by–products through the development of novel and efficacious products, and efficient green" processes for their manufacture."

Unique Capability Proposition

Our biochemistry researchers are also using knowledge of the characteristics of seafood to develop extraction and processing methods that add value to marine by-products.

Past Successes

Collagen Nanofibres: Hoki is New Zealand’s most important commercial fish, with the majority processed for sale as fillets or minced meat. Our scientists have developed a new method for extracting and formulating collagen from hoki skins, a by–product of the seafood industry, for use as an industrial biomaterial. A novel formulation containing natural antimicrobial agents has been developed for processing by electrospinning into nanofibres that can be used in the manufacture of air filters for home ventilation systems.