Microalgae are tiny plants which grow in salty water. They can be used for animal feed and for biofuel.

These tiny plants might be the new wonder crop. Do they offer an escape route from the injustices of the ‘Hunger Grains’? The injustices of turning food crops into biofuels?

Dick Ziggers at All About Feed thinks so. With enough research, says Mr Ziggers, the technology of growing microalgae looks promising. He says, ‘Microalgae have great potential for providing sustainable animal feeds. They contain all [that] animal nutrition requires and the oil they contain can be used as a biofuel. A bright future lies ahead… [But] governmental financial support is far less [than for bio-ethanol].’

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I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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