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Unicellular Algæ as a Source of Food

Naturevolume 168pages426427 (1951) | Download Citation

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SUPPLIES of food are not enough to give the present world population an adequate diet, and population is increasing more rapidly than the output of agriculture. In 1948, Dr. F. N. Woodward (then at the British Commonwealth Scientific Office, Washington) reported that some American scientific workers thought the problem could only be solved by devising non-agricultural methods for producing proteins, fats, carbohydrates, etc. One of the American suggestions was that unicellular green algæ, suitably cultured, might give much higher yields per acre than conventional agricultural crops. Among the algæ suggested were species of Chlorella and Scenedesmus.

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    Winokur, M., Amer. J. Bot., 35, 118 (1948).

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  1. Jealott's Hill Research Station, Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd., Bracknell, Berks.

    • M. J. GEOGHEGAN

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