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Microorganisms: Products and Sectors

Biomass from microalgae consists of, depending on the species, about 70% dry mass and 30% oil. The oil portion contains about 25-30% omega-3 fatty acids as well as valuable materials like astaxanthin and lutein E161b.

OMEGA-3 & 6 FATTY ACIDS

Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids cannot be synthesised by the human body and must be consumed in the diet (essential fatty acids). We especially need omega-3s for brain development, as a component of the retina and to ensure the performance and effectiveness of the cardiovascular system.  

The American Heart Association recommends a daily dose of 1.5 to 3.0 g of omega-3s for adults to support health.

The largest source of omega-3s is currently fish oil, which is primarily made from salmon, tuna and mackerel. Increasing overfishing of oceans plus traces of mercury found in fish oil makes oils from vegetable sources (algae) a valuable and sensible alternative.

ecoduna technology enables industrial-scale algae production that yields mercury-free, premium omega-3 fatty acids of the highest purity.

The worldwide market for omega-3 fatty acids is $30-35 billion, according to the GOED (Global Organization for EPA & DHA), and is growing nearly 10% annually.
The world market price has been stable for years, moving between $85 and $180 per litre depending on the quality.

Functional food, food supplements and products from purely vegetarian sources have enormous potential worldwide. Their markets are growing disproportionately fast and world market prices will rise.

BIOMASS FROM ALGAE

Algal dry matter contains over 40% valuable proteins and highly useful as livestock feed or fertiliser.


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