SPIRULINA: A successful micro alga



Spirulina is a photosynthetic, filamentous, blue-green alga, with a helicoid shape.  Among the many existing species of spirulina, the most important are spirulina maxima and spirulina platensis; the latter has been cultivated and studied for six years at Fazenda Tamanduá. Spirulina grows and reproduces in lakes naturally rich in minerals, especially sodium bicarbonate and carbonate, and with a high pH factor. These conditions are found in hot, sunny and isolated tropical and subtropical regions, in Mexico, Chad, Ethiopia, Zaire, Zambia, etc.  

Because of its great ability to produce high quality proteins in large quantities (60-70%), with all the essential amino acids in perfect balance, and because it is one of the few organisms capable of synthesizing vitamin B12, spirulina has been indicated for human nutrition and is considered the food of the future.

The cultivation of spirulina as an alternative food that can contribute to reducing the level of undernourishment of a large part of the Brazilian population, and specifically in the North-Eastern region of Brazil, at a low cost, has been a reference factor in the research work developed at Fazenda Tamanduá by the Fazenda Tamanduá Institute.

The only structure for the commercial cultivation of spirulina in Brazil is at Fazenda Tamanduá. The spirulina production sector comprises units I, cultivation and harvesting, and II, processing. Soon Fazenda Tamanduá will be marketing spirulina, as a raw material for foods, to the domestic and foreign markets.  

The cultivation of spirulina in the semi-arid region of North-Eastern Paraíba, at a low cost, was a challenge overcome with years of studies and research.

The region’s high temperatures, the high rates of sunshine and the underground salinized waters, used correctly, were determining factors for the project’s success. The artificial cultivation of spirulina at Fazenda Tamanduá is carried out in tanks with capacities of up to 15,000 liters of water.

The abundant underground waters in the semi-arid region, mostly unsuitable for both human consumption and irrigation, is the main source of water to supply the tanks for spirulina production.   

The challenge was overcome, but it was not easy. In order to make the spirulina’s growth requirements compatible with the region’s weather conditions, the traditional cultivation system was adapted to our situation. Today, Fazenda Tamanduá has a pioneering system for spirulina production and management, which allows high production rates and reduced costs.  

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