Alltech's first annual Algae conference got underway in Lexington, Kentucky today. The morning session featured presentations from some of Alltech's leading researchers on the characteristics and potential uses of algae. There are roughly 800,000 species of algae, which vary greatly in form, function and chemical composition.
People have been studying algae as a potential source of renewable fuel for years now. The potential for algae is great, and not just for fuel. Algae can be used in the production of animal feed. It is being explored as a substitute for fishmeal in aquaculture feeds. Replacing fishmeal can help the aquaculture industry grow into a truly sustainable form of agriculture.
Why is Pearse Lyons Excited About Algae? ...Biodiversity!
Algae are very diverse: structurally, functionally, and chemically. No one knows exactly how many species exist but there are undoubtedly hundreds of thousands. Structurally they range from giant kelp (which can grow to 65 meters long) to single-celled microalgae.