We are LyteGro
LyteGro supplies microbial growth enhancers to the chemical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and food and drink industries.
What we do
We utilise this waste feedstock to produce our neat BacLyte extract by just adding water to the pulp, mixing, heating and doing some clever filtration
A simple easy to use pre-treatment for yeast used in alcohol fermentations.
Culture Boost is a simple supplement to add to existing microbial growth media & diagnostics.
This is our food grade product for use in the pro-biotic, cheese and fermented foods industries.
Generating New Ideas. Solving Big Problems
Baclyte is our core technology and is a novel and highly potent microbial growth enhancer technology developed by Professor Mark Lyte at Texas Tech University.
BacLyte is a market disruptor technology which has been trialled extensively (internally and by external evaluators) across a wide range of potential applications across a number of sectors and has consistently been demonstrated to provide truly unique growth and metabolism promoting effects with multiple industrially important bacterial and fungal species.
In Layman’s terms, Baclyte enables industry to grow microbes faster and cheaper and to improve overall product yield and purity in microbially driven processes
Faster is better
BacLyte reduces lag phase and accelerates microbial growth in industrial systems
More is better
BacLyte increases final stationary phase biomass resulting in increases in your final product yield
Cheaper is better
BacLyte enables growth in simpler cheaper culture media and reduces product purification costs
There are four most commonly used and economically important microbes:
- Saccharomyces (Yeast)
- Lactic Acid Bacteria (LABs)
Culture Media & Diagnostics
Brewing & Distilling
Dairy food production
One of the UK’s most sustainable start-ups
LyteGro were selected as one of the UK’s most sustainable start-up companies and were featured in the recent “300 Years of Leadership and Innovation” publication commissioned by the History of Parliament Trust and the royal publishers St James’s House to celebrate the 300-year anniversary of the opening of the Houses of Parliament
Most Innovative Clean Energy Solution
Lytegro were announced winners of the Tech For Good “Clean Energy Strategies Reimagined Challenge” – a competition seeking to identify the most innovative solutions in the green energy field. Lytegro’s proposal centered around the use of our BacLyte extract in reducing process time and improving yields in bio-ethanol and biogas production.
Innovate UK: Sustainable Innovation Fund Award
In 2021 Lytegro were awarded a Sustainable Innovation Fund grant to cover further scale up of the production of our BacLyte extract and the testing of our Propagreater product by 5 UK distillers. The project was a success with us increasing production levels by 250% and proving the use of Propagreater to boost alcohol fermentation yields for a range of feedstocks including grain, sugarcane, potatoes and molasses
We are Scalable and Sustainable
Sustainability and the Circular Economy is at the heart of our business. Not only do we produce our core technology BacLyte from a previously unused waste banana feedstock but our products drive improvements in the efficiency of many bio-based processes such as fermentation and bioenergy production. This not only results in the improved efficiency and profitability of these processes but by getting more end-product from the same resources it also reduces their water and energy footprint.
- In any given year around 30% of the banana crop is deemed unsuitable for sale by banana exporters and is generally thrown into landfill
- Using this waste in producing our products could supply a valuable revenue stream to local farmers who would otherwise have to dispose of their waste bananas
- The establishment of such facilities would protect local farmers against crops being destroyed by adverse weather events/pests as even damaged bananas can be used to produce Baclyte
- Such facilities would serve as sales/distribution hubs for Propagreater to local rum, tequila, cachaça distilleries thereby minimising transportation emissions
Local production will not only cut transportation costs and associated pollution but it will provide large volumes of our BacLyte and Propagreater products which can be used in improving efficiencies across various industries in those (and neighbouring) countries. Such local production plants will provide farmers with an added revenue stream, reduce landfill and the products could then be used to improve local green energy projects. We have already started to engage with a number of governmental bodies in banana producing countries but would welcome further interest.