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Cellular Agriculture: Biotechnology for Sustainable Food

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Cellular agriculture is the emerging field of producing animal products from cell culture, rather than animals. This field builds on advances in biotechnology, and currently informs food science of protein-containing products such as milk and eggs, as well as tissue-based foods such as meat and fish. Key technological research includes protein and lipid production using fermentation technologies, cell scaffolding, media formulation, bioreactor design and bioprinting, as well as scale-up conditions with an eye toward industrial-scale production. Sustainable food production and food security, two major goals of cellular agriculture, have also inspired growing interest in the field from across disciplines, ranging from industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, materials science and tissue engineering to social sciences, history, philosophy and art/design.

For the Cellular Agriculture Research Topic, contributions from many fields are encouraged. From the field of natural science and engineering, chemical engineering, large scale bioprocess design, biological engineering, biochemistry, biophysics, regulation, developmental biology and solutions for scaling up are relevant. Life cycle analyses of cellular agriculture production platforms are also within the scope of this research topic. With regard to societal and philosophical aspects, we welcome contributions on direct implementations, impacts and further reaching perspectives, as well as articles addressing policy approaches, consumer education, regulatory implications for streamlining commercialization and widespread adoption of these technologies. We encourage prospective contributors to submit an abstract in advance of manuscript submission to ensure that we capture a diverse and well-rounded portfolio of research on this fast-moving field.

This research topic welcomes Original Research, Reviews, Policy Briefs and Policy & Practice Reviews. More information on article types and author guidelines can be found here: https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/sustainable-food-systems#author-guidelines


Keywords: Cellular Agriculture, Cell Culture, Biotechnology, Tissue Engineering, Cell Scaffolding, Bioreactor, Media Formulation, Bioprinting, Scale-up, Sustainability, Food Security, Synthetic Biology, Life-Cycle Analysis, Policy, Regulation, Consumer Education


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Cellular agriculture is the emerging field of producing animal products from cell culture, rather than animals. This field builds on advances in biotechnology, and currently informs food science of protein-containing products such as milk and eggs, as well as tissue-based foods such as meat and fish. Key technological research includes protein and lipid production using fermentation technologies, cell scaffolding, media formulation, bioreactor design and bioprinting, as well as scale-up conditions with an eye toward industrial-scale production. Sustainable food production and food security, two major goals of cellular agriculture, have also inspired growing interest in the field from across disciplines, ranging from industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, materials science and tissue engineering to social sciences, history, philosophy and art/design.

For the Cellular Agriculture Research Topic, contributions from many fields are encouraged. From the field of natural science and engineering, chemical engineering, large scale bioprocess design, biological engineering, biochemistry, biophysics, regulation, developmental biology and solutions for scaling up are relevant. Life cycle analyses of cellular agriculture production platforms are also within the scope of this research topic. With regard to societal and philosophical aspects, we welcome contributions on direct implementations, impacts and further reaching perspectives, as well as articles addressing policy approaches, consumer education, regulatory implications for streamlining commercialization and widespread adoption of these technologies. We encourage prospective contributors to submit an abstract in advance of manuscript submission to ensure that we capture a diverse and well-rounded portfolio of research on this fast-moving field.

This research topic welcomes Original Research, Reviews, Policy Briefs and Policy & Practice Reviews. More information on article types and author guidelines can be found here: https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/sustainable-food-systems#author-guidelines


Keywords: Cellular Agriculture, Cell Culture, Biotechnology, Tissue Engineering, Cell Scaffolding, Bioreactor, Media Formulation, Bioprinting, Scale-up, Sustainability, Food Security, Synthetic Biology, Life-Cycle Analysis, Policy, Regulation, Consumer Education


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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