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Matthew P. Huber, M.S.By Matthew P. Huber, M.S.
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Matthew P. Huber, M.S.By Matthew P. Huber, M.S.
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About

Our company sells algae cultures, but we became curious as farmers kept buying algae from us. We investigated and found that they are adding it to their irrigation lines to improve their soil.  We are bringing that secret tech directly to you.

Here is what a healthy amount of Soil Algae can do for your land:

  • Helps to decompose rock thus freeing minerals and creating more soil
  • Increases water retention, algal produce polysaccharide that holds water.
  • Acts as a cementing agent reducing soil erosion.
  • Oxygenates the soil and facilitates total aeration. 
  • Reduces nutrient runoff by absorbing excess nutrients through a process called luxary uptake.  This can reduce runnoff that cause algae blooms in lakes and rivers.
  • Generates new bioavailable nitrogen!!! Bluegreen algae (cyanobacteria) actually fix atmospheric nitrogen and turn it into biologically usable nitrogen, a necessity for plants. 
  • Increases soil biodiversity by adding more and new strains of algae to interact with bacteria and fungus.
  • Adds organic matter to soil, increasing total organic carbon.
  • More biomass means increases in the total humus in the soil. 

Our two products are:

  • Soil Algae Culturing Kit 
  • Soil Algae Culture
Soil Algae Products
Soil Algae Products

Soil Algae Culturing Kit:

This kit will contain all the essential parts to culture a liter of algae from your soil.  It will include some nutrients to coax the algae to bloom and an algae culture book that will help you to identify the strains that are growing.  This kit is great for getting started to revitalize your soil for backyard gardening and lawn starting. 

We think it is also a great teaching tool. On our website (SoilAlgae.com) we will posting lesson plans and other teaching resources.

Soil Algae Culture Kit
Soil Algae Culture Kit

Soil Algae Culture:

Our soil algae culture is grown with strains that have been identified to be beneficial to your soil.  These are all freshwater cultures and can be applied directly to your soil using a sprayer or flood method.  

Soil Algae Culture
Soil Algae Culture

The scientific literature and other links:

"Soil algae have suffered an obscurity." --(1964)  Lora Mangum Shields and LW Durrell in Algae in relation to soil fertility  

There is ample evidence that having healthy Soil Algae will support your soil to sustain a good ecocystem that includes your crops.   Here is a short list:

Soil Algae Infographic, why it works
Soil Algae Infographic, why it works
 
How to apply Soil Algae
How to apply Soil Algae

Risks and challenges

Operational risks are minimal, we are experienced growing algae up to the 30-acre level so scale should not be an issue.

As this is a type soil amendment, results may vary. But overall, we expect to see improvement in soil quality.

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    Soil Algae Culture: 1-Liter

    We will send you one-liter of algae culture that can be added directly to your garden soil.

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    Soil Algae Culture Kit

    Culture your own soil algae. This kit will give a culture flask and nutrients to culture algae from your soil. Also included is a instruction manual.

    The kit includes enough material to grow 1-liter of algae from your soil.

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    Soil Algae Culture: 2-L x 5 deliveries

    We will send you FIVE shipments of two-liters of soil algae. This is great if you really want to transform your soil over an entire season.

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    30-Student Soil Algae Project

    This is a kit for teaching soil algae culture and identification for a single classroom. It contains tissue culture flasks for 30 students and supplies to culture the algae.

    ***This is our teams favorite Reward***

    Our entire staff is made up of people who have taught at some point in their life. We all have contributed to make this a rich project that can be observed for 2- 20 weeks.

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    Soil Algae Bioreactor: 180-liter

    We will install (in the US) a 180-liter bioreactor and get it running-IN PERSON! You should be able to produce between 2-20 liters of high quality culture per day. We will personally deliver and help you set up the Bioreactor. We will work with you for a day to train you in the operation of the device.

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