What Makes Our Microalgae Unique
Microalgae are the world’s original oil producers and the ancestors from which all plants have descended. After screening more than ten thousand microalgae strains, Solazyme researchers isolated a few truly unique strains on which we based our technology. Our main oil-producing microalgae strain, which is the basis for most of our products, was originally discovered over a century ago on the sap of a chestnut tree in Germany. It is naturally white, lives off of a wide variety of plant sugars and can grow without any light. Unlike many microalgae that commonly grow in ponds and rely on sunlight to grow, Solazyme’s microalgae can natively convert sugars directly into oils and other whole algal products in closed fermentation tanks, offering a highly efficient, consistent and contained production environment.
How We Make Our Oils