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Spirulina culture at the National Institute of Sciences and Technologies of the Sea. Monastir, Tunisia.

Spirulina is characterized by its high content of protein in regard to the amino acids as well as the essential fatty-acids. The photo which was taken during 1998 shows the culture of Spirulina as carried out in the research facilities at Monastir, Tunisia.

The culture of Spirulina, “Arthrospira platensis” has different purposes that include:

Feeding rotifers, Brachionus plicatilis which is an essential organism used as larval food in the marine hatcheries (powder form of spirulina). Spirulina in its live form is also used as prey for enhancing the nutritional merits of larval food such as artemia. It has been claimed that Spirulina when incorporated properly in the feed, the immunological resistance of the larvae is expected to improve.

The commercial expansion of Spirulina culture targets meeting the growing demands as a food and its interest for health and wellbeing of human and animal.

Away from the utilization of Spirulina as a food, it has been used in the manufacturing of “Spirulina soap” which is commercially promoted as a type of dermatological soap that helps to soften the skin, cleans the epidermal wounds and contributes to the cells healing and regeneration.

Tunisia (Spirolina culture)

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