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 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:
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.
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:
- United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Botanical Review: Algae as integral part of soil maturation.
- Botanical Review: Algae in relation to soil fertility (seminal article)
- Carbohydrate Polymers: Algae stabilizing desert soil
- TED Talk: Algae as an alternative to nitrogen fertilizers- Ideas Worth Spreading
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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