November 6 2019

Culturing Phytoplankton for Small & Mid Scale Production

What is Phytoplankton?

Phytoplankton, also known as microalgae, is a natural, nutrition-packed food that provides nutrition for a wide range of marine life. They absorb nutrients from the water around them with carbon dioxide to create essential nutrients critical to the health and development of most marine organisms (and people too).

Why grow Phytoplankton?

In nature, phytoplankton are at the base of the aquatic food web. When used as an additive, they help improve the nutrition of all the animals above it. Phytoplankton provides food for zooplankton, which include rotifers, copepods and artemia. These tiny organisms are then inturn eaten by sea horses, corals, and anemones.

Phytoplankton is a highly sustainable food source with a variety of incredible uses. Phytoplankton is used for diet supplements, biofuels, the production of pharmaceuticals, and as feed in reef tanks and aquaculture hatcheries. These single-celled, microscopic plants have immense value because they are rich in essential amino acids, trace minerals, chlorophyll, antioxidants, DHA, EPA, nucleic acids, and vitamins.

Culturing Phytoplankton

If you are in the early stages and looking to start with the basics and connect with algae experts, check out the Algae Foundation.

“The Algae Foundation’s mission is to promote the power of algae to transform human society and the environment upon which it depends.”

They offer online courses, Algal-based, K-12 curriculum kits to support STEM education as well as many other resources.

Bioreactors Made for Algae Culture

Advanced algal systems, like Industrial Plankton’s photobioreactors, can streamline your algae production by eliminating the repetitive, costly, and time-consuming aspects of algae culturing. Industrial Plankton’s photobioreactors make growing your own phytoplankton easy. Research Algae Photobioreactors, like our PBR 100L provides:
● More efficient space usage
● Higher algal densities
● Continuous or semi-continuous productions
● Longer production cycles
● Less contamination
● Lower labor requirements

Are you interested in growing microalgae? Take a moment to browse through our photobioreactors. You’ll be amazed how easy growing your own algae can be!