Kidemis: Changing aquaculture with mycelium biotechnology


This article is part of a blog series introducing the startup teams of the EIT Food Accelerator Network Helsinki 2024 programme.

How often do you eat fish? Seafood is a part of our diet, which provides us with essential nutrients and a delicious protein source. Numerous studies have shown that fish is a crucial component of a healthy diet. However, the increasing demand for fish is straining our oceans and marine ecosystems. Overfishing and unsustainable aquaculture practices are leading to the depletion of fish stocks and significant environmental degradation.

Innovative mycelium technology

At Kidemis, we are addressing these critical issues head-on with our innovative mycelium technology, which transforms agrifood sidestreams into sustainable fish food. This groundbreaking approach not only tackles the problem of resource depletion but also promotes environmental sustainability, paving the way for a more responsible and efficient aquaculture industry.

Our innovative mycelium technology is a major step forward in sustainable aquaculture methods. By utilizing the unique characteristics of mycelium, which is the root system of fungi, we are able to transform undervalued sidestreams into nourishing fish feed. Our feed lessens the need for wild fish, which in turn aids in the conservation of wild fish populations and the encouragement of biodiversity.

Environmental impact

Moreover, transforming sidestreams into fish feed helps bring back to the value chain,

Kidemisresources which otherwise would be incinerated or end up in landfills. This leads to cleaner and more sustainable aquatic ecosystems. This eco-friendly approach supports worldwide initiatives aimed at safeguarding marine biodiversity and minimizing the environmental impact of food manufacturing.

By leveraging our innovative mycelium technology, we aim to set new standards for environmental responsibility and efficiency in the industry.

Strategic partnerships and growth

To achieve this, we are focused on forming strategic partnerships with industry partners and aquaculture operators. These collaborations will facilitate mutual growth, drive innovation, and further the adoption of sustainable practices across the aquaculture sector. Together, we can transform the industry and create a more sustainable future for seafood production.

EIT FAN programme participation

We are honored to be a part of this esteemed program, which is helping us to growKidemis faster, gain access to important resources, and receive valuable guidance from mentors. By being a part of EIT FAN, we are able to establish important connections within the food innovation ecosystem. The support provided by the program is vital in helping us improve our strategies and make a bigger impact in the aquaculture industry.

Written by Dr. Constantin Marakhov, Co-founder & CEO of Kidemis.

Find out more about sustainable aquaculture on Kidemis’ website and follow their journey on LinkedIn. Learn more about the EIT FAN here.