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It’s Algae Week in DC…

…Which means it’s time for the annual Algae Biomass Summit! From September 29 – October 2, more than 600 researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, policymakers and students will gather for the 9th Annual Summit, at the Marriott Wardman Park.

Check out the full agenda here.

In addition to the event, members of ABO and its executive director Matt Carr will be meeting throughout the week with various elected officials, agencies and other policymakers (including the Congressional Algae Caucus).

We’ll be live tweeting to keep you updated. Follow the conversation at #ABS15, check back at the blog and stay tuned for press releases and newsblasts.

Why Is Algae Technology Interesting Now?

We have a water problem.

As drought rages across the West, water concerns top the list.

How are algae a solution?

Algae’s prolific yields per acre, as well as their ability to grow in all types of water are a huge advantage when it comes to producing protein and other nutrients for cattle and humans. 

We also have an overfishing problem.

Sardines, actually. But this will affect the population of tuna, Chinook salmon, and other fish, since sardines are an important food source.

How are algae a solution?

Algae can be used as an alternate food source for fish.

We have an air problem.

Too much CO2 is accumulating in the atmosphere and contributing to the issues listed above.

How is algae a solution?

Algae convert CO2 into valuable products as they grow, allowing emitters to reduce their costs/create a profitable revenue stream while at the same time complying with regulations.

Algae technology is a platform.

ABO will talk a lot about shifting perceptions of algae as a microorganism to that of a technology platform. When you look at something that can create fuels, chemicals, food ingredients, cancer-fighting drugs, etc., it’s no longer just a plant. It’s a technology platform that is being developed and commercialized across wide swaths of industries for incredibly diverse purposes. If the internet became a platform for the development of apps, communications and commerce, algae can be thought of in the same way.

To learn more about what topics will be discussed at the Summit, check out the agenda here.

Benefits of Membership

Joining ABO is the best way to become involved in this exciting industry, make new connections, and influence how algae can shape the future.
Members also benefit from:
  • A voice on ABO policy initiatives.
  • Access to members-only resources.
  • Discounted pricing to ABO events, and more!
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