Poster 207 – Click on poster below to view presentation from author.
Co-Authors: Patrick Kangas, Peter May
The Algal Turf Scrubber is an algae-based ecotechnology for removing nutrients from polluted waters. Algae take up nutrients as they grow and, when they are harvested, nutrients are removed from the water that the algae were grown in. The harvested algal biomass is a byproduct of this water quality management system and there is a continuing need to find economic uses for it. In this presentation a method for using dried algal biomass to make pots for plant growth is explored. The algae are combined with moist paper and the mix is molded into the form of a plant pot. Upon drying, the pots can be used in a nursery setting for commercial growing operations. Data is presented on successful plant growth trials in the algae pots and a potential business plan is outlined.
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