Special Issue "New Ways of Production of Single Cell Proteins for Future Food or Feed by Fermentation"

A special issue of Fermentation (ISSN 2311-5637). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbial Metabolism, Physiology & Genetics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2024 | Viewed by 252

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Xin Wu
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Guest Editor
1. Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tianjin, China
2. Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changsha, China
Interests: nutrition metabolism and immunity; including amino acids; nucleotide and microelements with the physiological functions for the well-being of animals and people

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the increase in the population and worldwide protein shortage, the use of microbial biomass as food and feed is more important, driving the scientific community to search for non-conventional protein sources that can replace conventional expensive ones. Single-cell proteins (SCPs) are considered high in nutritive value, efficiency in substrate conversion, and productivity. They are derived from the fast growth rate of microorganisms and are independent of seasonal factors. SCPs are the biomass (dried cells) produced by microorganisms including yeast, bacteria, algae, and fungi. This biomass contains proteins, amino acids, vitamins, and lipid content. SCPs can be used as a vital supplement of proteins and are regarded as a quantitative approach against malnutrition. A variety of substrates are available for the production of SCPs including waste materials and industrial and agricultural by-products. However, there is a long way to go before the application of SCPs in human and animal nutrition.

The goal of this Special Issue is to provide a communication forum to advance research on the production and process of SCPs with their applications for future food and feed to achieve beneficial impacts on the worldwide protein shortage.

Scope and information for authors:

  1. Microbial strain modification for enhancing the utilization efficiency of waste materials;
  2. Advanced technologies for SCP, such as solid-state fermentation, bioreactor technologies, etc.;
  3. Advanced production processes, research, and development of SCPs, encompassing various fields of science including genetics, microbiology, biotechnology, economics, agriculture, food technology, and veterinary sciences.

Prof. Dr. Xin Wu
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Fermentation is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • single-cell proteins
  • future food and feed
  • industrial and agricultural by-products
  • straw
  • methane and methanol
  • yeast
  • filamentous fungi
  • fermentation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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