The biomass-derived prebiotic cello-oligosaccharides (COS) from forest residues and from the cellulosic tunic of marine invertebrate Ciona intestinalis was developed at Luleå University of Technology. The brand-new cello-oligosaccharides (COS) from forests and seas were tested in the laboratory at Essum AB for their prebiotic activity by stimulating the growth of gut bacteria like Lactobacillus, Lactococci and Bifidobacteria. Promising results could be seen on many strains, isolated from the gut and on many commercial probiotic strains. Prebiotics can have the potential to provide better gut and stomach health to animals and humans through smart feed and food. The results from the project have already led to publications and more will come. A fantastic group of people from Universities and Companies have been involved.
At Essum AB Mehriman Yaman, Hanna Sundberg, Karolina Grahn Mendoza and Eva Grahn Håkansson has participate in the laboratory work.