In Praise of Phytoplankton

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CBC Vancouver hosts this close-up on a microscopic marine algae that they say is about to “hit it big.” Beyond being amazing carbon capture machines, phytoplankton can be much more. They could possibly provide a solution to everything from food shortages to eco-friendly fertilizer to helping address plastic pollution.

Phytoplankton are like plants, they grow using photosynthesis, powered by the sun, and they transform carbon into oxygen. They can also be like tiny living factories, tweaked to create all sorts of things. The challenge is getting the conditions right. How do you grow them? What kind of changes do you need to make in the phytoplankton so that they produce the compounds that you want them to make?

In this video Radio-Canada’s Camille Vernet visits a phytoplankton farm on Vancouver Island, to learn more about how to grow the near-invisible algae, and the promise it offers. At this farm the phytoplankton is being transformed into organic fertilizer.

Source: CBC/Radio-Canada

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