Alina Corcoran, a New Mexico Consortium research scientist, and Ryan Hunt, the Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer at ALGIX | BLOOM, have recently published a new article in the Journal of Algal Research.
Their paper titled “Capitalizing on Harmful Algae Blooms: from Problems to Products” has now been peer reviewed and is available online at ScienceDirect.
Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) are known to damage ecosystems and can threaten human health across the world. HABs can result in losses to commercial fisheries, tourism, and recreation, and cleanup is expensive. Preventing and controlling HABs remains a challenge despite efforts to manage them.
In this paper, the researchers look at inserting HAB biomass into a bio-foundry business model. Algae biomass can be used as an input to support the economy, especially in sustainable manufacturing!
HAB biomass can be harvested and separated into its components and used as animal feed additives, biochemicals, bio-char, bioplastics, biofertilizers, hydrocolloids, nutraceuticals, and biofuels.
In order to make this work, the authors of this paper stress that interdisciplinary partnerships are critical to overcome technical and logistical challenges. However, they feel that creative solutions are needed and partnerships will generate income, solutions, as well as new biomaterials and products.
To read the entire paper see: “Capitalizing on Harmful Algae Blooms: from Problems to Products“.