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Editor’s note: Hebrew University Professor and adviser to portfolio company AquiNovo Berta Levavi-Sivan received the Kaye Innovation Award in 2017.

Israeli Researcher Proposes To End World Hunger With Bigger Fish

Kaye Award winner and AquiNovo

Kaye Innovation Award recipient Prof. Berta Levavi-Sivan (center) with Nitza Kardish, CEO Trendlines Incubators Israel (left), and AquiNovo CEO Nissim Chen (right).

By Einat Paz-Frankel, NoCamels (17 August 2017)

Could this be the solution to world hunger? An Israeli researcher has found a new way to grow larger fish and feed the ever-expanding world population.

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While wild fisheries have been on the decline for the last 20 years, aquaculture, or fish farming, is the fastest growing food-producing sector in the world, and will play an increasingly vital role in our planet’s food resources in the years to come.

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One of the challenges to aquaculture is that reproduction, as an energy-intensive endeavor, makes fish grow more slowly. To solve this problem, Prof. Berta Levavi-Sivan of Israel’s Hebrew University identified tiny molecules named “Neurokinin B” (NKB) and “Neurokinin F” (NKF) that are secreted by the brains of fish and play a crucial role in their reproduction. Levavi-Sivan, a specialist in aquaculture, then developed molecules that neutralize the effect of NKB and NKF (which inhibit fish reproduction) to increase growth rates.

Read the full article on NoCamels.

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