Spirulina Voices Interview: John Benemann

  Algae Europe December 2022

John Benemann is the Co-Founder and CEO of MicroBio Engineering. He is well known as a pioneer in the microalgae industry, with a career spanning 50 years.

In this interview John and Robert discuss spirulina’s future, including whether spirulina will become lower cost with the scale up of production and solar drying techniques; and whether large markets beyond specialty products will open for algae proteins and aquaculture feeds.

As a renowned conference speaker, John Benemann has a lot to say about the state of the microalgae industry and its future. He has been involved with spirulina for many years and describes it as easy-to-harvest filamentous algae. As well as large scale production, John also sees potential for much smaller scale spirulina production, such as with the micro-farm model in France.

Affectionately referred to, occasionally, as Dr. No, John is an advocate for proceeding with caution.

Video produced by Spirulina Source, interview by Robert Henrikson ©2022

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