Biological Sciences

Mastering microbes & enzymes

Sustainable, healthy food, feed & nutrition through biotechnology

Using nature’s toolbox, like microorganisms, we can develop solutions that allow us to feed a growing population more sustainably, while reducing food loss and waste, fighting climate change, avoiding natural resource depletion and preserving biodiversity.

What is biotechnology?

Biotechnology is based on fermentation, which involves the use of microorganisms like yeast, fungi, or bacteria. These microorganisms are invisible to the naked eye but are considered the most powerful creatures on earth. They have populated our planet for over 3.5 billion years, performing essential functions to help sustain natural life cycles. 

It’s not surprising that humans have been harnessing the power of microorganisms for thousands of years. Traditionally, we’ve used microbes to make and preserve foods like cheese, yogurt, bread, kimchi, beer and wine.

Much of this traditional fermentation technology is still performed today, but in a more modern way. Nowadays, fermentation takes place at industrial scale in large stainless-steel vessels, resulting in better and more consistent quality and safety. These processes enable the development of products such as baker’s yeast, savory yeast extracts, and dairy cultures to produce cheese and fermented milk products. It’s why we can create baking enzymes that deliver a softer, 'just baked’ feel in bread while reducing the carbon footprint of our customers by 80%.

Building on 150 years of expertise

Through our world-class R&D and manufacturing facilities, DSM possesses the full range of biotechnology competences needed to identify and develop new molecules, applications, and processes – and to commercialize them at scale.

Building on 150 years of expertise, DSM’s experts have brought countless innovations to the world – already reaching billions of people worldwide.

Going forward, we will continue to develop a broad range of sustainable solutions for better health through nutrition. We will collaborate with our partners from industry, with governments and academia, to expand the possibilities of biotechnology and maximize its potential to provide solutions that help sustain and restore healthy populations, ecosystems, and societies – contributing to a world we all want to live in: healthy people, healthy planet, and healthy livelihoods.

Download the 'Royal DSM: a world leader in biotechnology' PDF for more of an insight into the history and potential of biotechnology, the innovations driven by it, and the way DSM is advancing the use of this amazing technology. 

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