Agriculture

What is in TrueSolum?

TrueSolum is an organic and proprietary liquid that is produced from the cultivation of chlorella microalgae. The product contains useful algae metabolites that are expressed during the growth process of the microalgae. It does not contain actual algae biomass.

How does TrueSolum work?

TrueSolum contains certain metabolites which stimulate the natural microbial activity in the soil. The increase in beneficial microorganisms leads to improved soil quality and better nutrient uptake by the plant.

  • Works as organic prebiotics for soil microbes
  • Improves cell structure of the plant and its fruit
How do I apply TrueSolum?

Application of TrueSolum will vary based on crop and geography. Please visit our Toolbox for general guidelines or contact our team to discuss your specific situation.

What are the benefits of using TrueSolum?

Farmers have seen the following benefits:

  • Improved soil quality
  • Increased yield
  • Enhanced root vigor
  • Extended shelf life
  • Elevated crop quality
How have you verified the benefits?

TrueSolum works with several third party researchers, including Florida Ag Research, Pacific Ag Research and University of Florida. In addition we work directly with farmers to test our product in their fields proving its value to the farmer, while we collect data to better understand our product and its uses.

What crops does TrueSolum have benefit?

TrueSolum has been used extensively on many types of berries with great success. We also have seen positive results with melons, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, cauliflower, chilis and squash. We are currently conducting field trials in organic corn, grains, lettuces, herbs, avocados and table grapes. We have an on-going research plan with both third parties and farmers to explore additional crop applications.

Is TrueSolum allowed to be used on organic fields?

Yes, TrueSolum is OMRI certified and GMO free. There may be variations in qualification based on your location please check with local authorities to ensure that OMRI certification is acceptable.

Algae

What are the main types of algae?

There are two basic types of algae, macroalgae and microalgae. The key difference between macroalgae and microalgae is that macroalgae are large and multicellular aquatic photosynthetic plant-like organisms, most people call it seaweed, while microalgae are small and unicellular aquatic photosynthetic plant-like organisms. It is estimated that there are about 800,000 species of algae, but only about 50,000 have been identified.

What kind of algae does TrueAlgae produce?

Currently TrueAlgae is growing the microalgae Chlorella vulgaris. But our growth system is capable of growing many types of algae.

What is needed to grow microalgae?

Microalgae are autotrophic, just like land plants. This means that they can produce their own food using light, water, carbon dioxide, and other nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

Do microalgae need salt water to grow?

Microalgae will grow in both fresh and salt water but is species dependent.

Animal Feed

What is in TrueNutra?

TrueNutra contains both chlorella biomass and the cultured water the algae are grown in.

What are the benefits of using TrueNutra?

In tests with laying chickens, TrueNutra reduced fatality rate by over 50%, increased egg production, decreased cholesterol in the eggs and improved the quality of both the eggs yolks and egg whites.

How do I use TrueNutra?

The TrueNutra biomass and water combination is easily added to the drinking water for the animals.

What other animals can TrueNutra benefit?

We verified the amazing benefits of chlorella with laying hens. We continuously seek to validate the abundant scientific literature that claims the benefits of chlorella as a nutritional feed source for poultry in general, fish, cattle and other livestock.

Environmental Impact

What are the advantages of using microalgae as an alternative source for nutrition applications?

Algae contain the same nutrients as land-based plants. Microalgae, in particular, are very fast growing and, when grown in the right conditions, can multiply several times over in 24 hours. This allows for large amounts to be produced in a very short time. In addition, when using TrueAlgae’s technology, algae can be grown in efficient vertical bioreactors. This means that growing algae will not compete for precious farm land that is needed for fresh food production. Therefore, microalgae can produce many of the same products as land plants in a shorter time and with minimal land use.

How does algae help the environment?

CO2, the most prevalent green-house gas, is created by the combustion of fossil fuels. Algae use CO2 from the environment along with sunlight to grow through photosynthesis. Through this process algae convert CO2 to carbon, which they use for energy, and oxygen, which is released into the environment, improving air quality and reducing green-house gases.

Aren’t some algae bad for the environment?

Algae are a natural part of the ecosystem and are necessary to preserve the delicate balance of our environment. Unfortunately, harmful agricultural runoffs caused by chemical fertilizers are destroying this delicate balance. These runoffs provide excess nitrogen and phosphorus, delicious nutrients for algae, making them grow and multiply much faster than nature intended. This overgrowth causes the negative image sometimes associated with algae, but algae is not the true bad actor.

Human Nutrition

Are algae nutritious?

Algae contain the same macro and micronutrients that you find in foods. They have the macronutrients protein, fat, and carbohydrates and micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals and polyphenols. In fact, many algae have higher concentrations of some of the most sought after nutritional components people are seeking for health and wellness.

What type of algae does TrueAlgae use?

TrueAlgae currently grows chlorella vulgaris but the technology is capable of growing many strains of microalgae.

What is the difference between Spirulina and Chlorella?

Chlorella is a green algae and spirulina is a blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria. Both are rich sources of nutrients with chlorella having slightly higher calories due to a higher amount of fat, particularly omega-3 fat. Spirulina has slightly more protein. Both are terrific sources of antioxidants.

What does algae taste like?

Algae’s taste profile varies depending on where it is grown and the level of certain nutrients in the algae. Freshwater green algae have more of a grassy taste. TrueAlgae’s intention is to purify the specific nutrients from the algae to derive bland tasting and smelling compounds that can easily be added to a variety of foods and beverages.

Technology

How does TrueAlgae grow and harvest algae?

TrueAlgae grows microalgae in vertical photobioreactors that are easily emptied by opening a valve. We then filter the algae biomass and collect the cultivated water, using each component for different applications. The tubes are replenished with fresh, sterilized water where the algae again multiply rapidly. Due to the rapid growth we are able to harvest 50% of the tubes on a daily basis.

What is a Vertical Photobioreactor?

A photobioreactor (PBR) is a bioreactor that utilizes a light source to cultivate phototrophic microorganisms, usually in clear tubes. Vertical refers to the tube’s placement, thus minimizing the foot print of the bioreactor. The organisms grown in PBRs use photosynthesis to generate biomass from light and carbon dioxide. Within the artificial environment of a photobioreactor, specific conditions are carefully controlled. Thus, a photobioreactor allows much higher growth rates and purity levels than anywhere in nature or habitats similar to nature.

What is a closed-loop system?

Closed-loop means that there are no external influences effecting the outcome of the process. In the case of TrueAlgae, this means we control every aspect of growing the algae allowing for production of a very consistent end product. This also means that there are no contaminants that may be present in algae grown in open ponds and raceways and no variability of quality and content.

Why are closed-loop systems better for growing algae than natural or manmade open ponds?

In closed-loop systems there are tight controls over the environment in which the microalgae grow. This means there are no external influences on the growth and no risk of contamination as may be seen in open ponds and raceways. In addition, products coming from a controlled environment are more consistent harvest to harvest versus an uncontrolled environment.

How much algae can TrueAlgae grow?

TrueAlgae’s current facility has a 36 metric ton capacity. Because our technology is easily scalable and modular, we can expand to the needs of the market place rapidly.

Does TrueAlgae use special water to grow the algae?

Yes. TrueAlgae’s technology includes a special water cleaning system that provides a pure growing environment for the algae.

Can TrueAlgae grow every kind of algae?

TrueAlgae’s technology is designed specifically for freshwater microalgae. We are currently working on expanding our capabilities to include saltwater microalgae as well.

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