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Innovation application: Fresh Spirulina/Arthrospira for Food or Medical Purposes

Title Fresh Spirulina/Arthrospira for Food or Medical Purposes

Microalgae (cyanobacteria) spirulina (Spirulina / Arthrospira platensis, A. maxima) contains a large amount of chlorophyll, β-carotene, phycocyanin, all essential amino acids and other valuable substances, which are potentially used, for example, food colors and farmacy. Researchers at the Institute of General Chemical engineering are proposing to adapt the spirulina cultivation technology to the required substance and to produce the fresh spriluna in a pilot scale amount.

Keywords spirulina, arthrospira, microalgae, food, pharmacy, extract
Authors Agnese Stunda Zujeva
Kristīne Veģere
Matīss Zuteris
Kaspars Veģeris
Department (14400) Vispārīgās ķīmijas tehnoloģijas institūts
Statistical Classification of Economic Activities, NACE 2 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
Scientific research and development
Other professional, scientific and technical activities
Description of the technology

We cultivate spirulina in pilot-scale photobiorector 12 months of year. High control of cultivation allows to obtain fresh spirulina with increased amount of desired biologically active substance.

Applications Fresh spirulina is high-quality protein source or dietary supplement for humans, animals, fish and birds. It enhances immunity, muscle activity and other health indicators. In some applications, the extract of spirulina is more effective. Spirulina contains chlorophyll, b-carotene and phycocyanin, which can be used as food colorants (green, orange and blue, respectively).

Fresh spirulina instead of dried powder. Increased amount of desired biologically active substance.

Technology Readiness Level Actual system proven in operational environment
Partnership offer • Cooperation and research projects.
ID 121
Contact information Linda Šufriča, e-mail: inovacijas@rtu.lv; phone.: 28442736