Efforts continue to develop new technologies and commercial markets for renewable and sustainable products derived from algae. It is being promoted as a new crop that can sustainably provide food, animal feeds, new chemicals, plastics, and renewable fuels. Whether as a low-water, high-yield biomass crop, alternative source of food, feed ingredients, fossil-derived fertilizer, or on-farm wastewater/nutrient management tool, algae may offer new benefits for agriculture.
Algae can contain high levels of oils, carbohydrates, sugars and proteins. Both micro and macro algae are already widely used in food products, from baby formula to ice-cream, providing texture, stabilizing features, and important nutrients for health. And because they contain the above, as well as important micronutrients, vitamins, and valuable pigments, microalgae are also being used in higher value specialty and bulk animal feeds.
Advances in biotechnology, such as genetically engineering algae to produce more oils and convert solar energy more efficiently, have unleashed new possibilities. With ongoing research and more than 100 start-ups and large corporations investing billions in this new industry, the U.S. has become a leader in advancing algae-based fuels.
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