l -Lysine Production

Authored by: R. Kelle , T. Hermann , B. Bathe

Handbook of Corynebacterium glutamicum

Print publication date:  March  2005
Online publication date:  March  2005

Print ISBN: 9780849318214
eBook ISBN: 9781420039696
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l-Lysine is an essential amino acid that must be available in sufficient quantities in animal feed to meet the nutritional requirements. It is widely used in swine and poultry production. The long-term trend toward white meat consumption in Europe and North America and the demand for affordable meat in developing countries continue to be significant factors driving the growth of the l-lysine market, as well as that of other important amino acids for feed applications such as d,l-methionine, l-threonine, and l-tryptophan. With 600,000 tons annual production and an annual growth of 7 to 8% (Figure 20.1), l-lysine is the leading fermentatively produced amino acid used in animal nutrition. l-Lysine and corn substitute soybean meal in animal feed to increase bioefficacy of protein sources and to reduce nitrogen emissions.

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