Project ID:
P3-021
Project Status:
Active
Research Theme:
Building scale in future food segments

This project will focus on the use of cold plasma as a chemical-free method to maintain the quality, safety, and shelf life of fresh algal paste, specifically, the “superfood” fresh Spirulina. Spirulina is a biomass of cyanobacteria that can be consumed by humans and currently sold in dried form. Dried Spirulina contains 5% water, 24% carbohydrates, 8% fat, and about 60% (51–71%) protein. As an ecologically sound, nutrient-rich dietary supplement, Spirulina also demonstrates significant potential to address food security and malnutrition, especially in third world countries.