Can direct conversion of used nitrogen to new feed and protein help feed the world?

Matassa, Silvio, Batstone, Damien J., Hulsen, Tim, Schnoor, Jerald and Verstraete, Willy (2015) Can direct conversion of used nitrogen to new feed and protein help feed the world?. Environmental Science and Technology, 49 9: 5247-5254. doi:10.1021/es505432w

Author Matassa, Silvio
Batstone, Damien J.
Hulsen, Tim
Schnoor, Jerald
Verstraete, Willy
Title Can direct conversion of used nitrogen to new feed and protein help feed the world?
Journal name Environmental Science and Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1520-5851
Publication date 2015-05-05
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1021/es505432w
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 49
Issue 9
Start page 5247
End page 5254
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Chemical Society
Language eng
Subject 1600 Chemistry
2304 Environmental Chemistry
Abstract The increase in the world population, vulnerability of conventional crop production to climate change, and population shifts to megacities justify a re-examination of current methods of converting reactive nitrogen to dinitrogen gas in sewage and waste treatment plants. Indeed, by up-grading treatment plants to factories in which the incoming materials are first deconstructed to units such as ammonia, carbon dioxide and clean minerals, one can implement a highly intensive and efficient microbial resynthesis process in which the used nitrogen is harvested as microbial protein (at efficiencies close to 100%). This can be used for animal feed and food purposes. The technology for recovery of reactive nitrogen as microbial protein is available but a change of mindset needs to be achieved to make such recovery acceptable.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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