How algae microfarms can help transform our food culture by growing abundant healthy food in a very small area and extend the growing season, affordably. Home, Community and Small Algae Microfarms Most common question over the past 35 years: “Can we grow algae at home or in our communities?. Will algae microfarms grow new superfoods for urban and rooftop The first Pacific Northwest spirulina microfarm near Olympia Washington.

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They range in size from a single cell to giant kelp over feet long. Algae Powered Mushroom Farm. Archives — Refresh Page for More Choices. The Future of Algae.

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Part 5 Algae are being grown in outdoor ponds, greenhouses, photo bioreactors, fermenters and hybrid systems combining bioreactors and ponds. It includes a rooftop garden, algae bioreactors, farmers market, community gardens, orchards and alae.

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Soon, remote sensors linked with cell phone apps may assist the basic functions of algae culture health monitoring and diagnosis. Algae scientists balance system ecology to keep out weed algae and zooplankton algae eaters without using pesticides or herbicides.

Permission may be required to reprint editorial editorial algaeindustrymagazine. Other microalgae have even higher productivity.

Large scale business models require algae experts and PhDs on location, with expensive staffing and sophisticated infrastructure. Today Spiruline La Capitelle has the same size greenhouses as inand sells out the entire production every year on the local market.


With high protein algae like spirulina, this productivity breakthrough can yield over 20 times more protein than soybeans on the same area, 40 times corn and times beef.

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Aphanizomenon flos-aquae is a nitrogen-fixing blue-green algae. Schizochytrium is a marine microalgae grown in vats by fermentation, developed as a source of docosahexaenoic acid DHAused as a supplement in a wide variety of infant formulas, food and beverages and animal feed products.

It has these six advantages: As a living culture, if one factor changes in an algae system, the entire environment changes very quickly. Congo-Kinshasa in Africa was selected for the first farm.

For large ventures, with high investment and operating costs, the question is- what size will it really take to make a profit? Outdoor farms in Taiwan, Southern Japan and Indonesia produce much of apgae world supply.

Algae cultivation is a new addition to ecological food production. Beginning with algae pond systems and photobioreactors at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation AZCATI today, this video looks into our future, exploring emerging themes, schemes and dreams in algae architecture and landscape design.

Evolution of the algae industry Over the past 40 microfarrms, worldwide algae companies have produced high value food and feed products, supplements and nutraceuticals. Diagram of the interaction of the various systems: Selling algae locally as a valuable nutritional supplement will provide more income per area than growing just vegetables, and will improve business opportunities and self-sufficiency for people growing in small farms and gardens. Chlorella was the first microalgae to be commercially cultivated beginning in the s and sold as a food supplement.


This will allow xlgae algae growers to consult with remotely located algae experts on how to maintain a healthy algae culture in their small production systems.

Return to top of page. Flexible microcrop platforms will produce food and valuable co-products locally by mimicking nature as they grow algae and other microorganisms integrating light and intelligent technology.

Dunaliella thrives in water even saltier than the ocean in places like Australia and Israel. Haematococcus is grown in both outdoor ponds and closed systems for astaxanthin, a carotenoid pigment, extracted as a fish feed supplement to color salmon flesh and as a human slgae food supplement.

Over the past 30 years, many people have asked how they can grow algae themselves in their own back yard. Upon returning to France, some technicians who became expert in local spirulina cultivation began small-scale production at home. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Successful algae cultivation requires a more ecological approach than industrial agriculture.