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The importance of high productivity

By The Algalif Blog

Haematococcus pluvialis is a microalgae that has relatively mild optimal growth conditions. The optimal temperature is very close to room temperature, the optimal pH is almost neutral, and as a freshwater microalgae, the medium has almost no salinity.

In general, the neutraceutical market for astaxanthin does not tolerate the use of pesticides, antibiotics, or genetic modifications to H. Pluvialis. If we also take into account that H. pluvialis grows relatively slowly compared to many eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms that thrive under the same cultivation conditions – it becomes clear that the cultivation of H. pluvialis for astaxanthin production is quite challenging.


Challenges of contamination

Everyone who has cultivated microalgae in photobioreactors under mild conditions knows that contamination of H. pluvialis cultures by other undesirable algae species is among the most significant issues of the process. Once a contaminant has gained ground in a photobioreactor, it is very hard to get completely rid of the contaminant – even when various methods to clean the system are combined!

So what is the best way to deal with the challenge of contamination? Algalíf has identified that the key factor to maintaining high culture quality and staying away from contamination issues is: Productivity!

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Radiant skin with astaxanthin

By The Algalif Blog

In the ever-evolving world of skincare, one ingredient has emerged as a game-changer, promising radiant and healthy skin without the compromise of toxic chemicals. Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant derived from microalgae, has taken center stage in the beauty industry.

Astaxanthin can protect the skin from harmful UV rays which cause sunburn and speed up healing after sun damage. It also improves the overall condition and appearance of the skin. According to scientific studies, the best result is achieved by combining internal use with external application.

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Summary of the ongoing seismic activities in Iceland.

By News, The Algalif Blog

The ongoing volcanic eruption, that started on December 18th, and seismic activity near the town of Grindavik in the Reykjanes peninsula, do not affect the production capabilities or product delivery abilities of Algalif Iceland. All Algalif employees are safe and there is no danger to any Algalif facilities.

Algalif is located in a safe area next to the Keflavik International Airport about 25 km from the active area. Both the airport and all other businesses in the area are safe and open.

The geology of Iceland.

Iceland is a volcanic island and very young in a geological context. The island of Iceland is the result of slow lava buildup for the past 20 million years. It is located on the Mid-Atlantic ridge where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. The plates move away from each other by a few centimeters every year. That means that earthquakes are quite common and there are volcanic eruptions on average every five years for as long as there is historical data.

Picture from Wikipedia.

Picture from Wikipedia.

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The Colorful World of Carotenoids

By The Algalif Blog

It’s all about carotenoids.

With more than 1,000 types of carotenoids described, it is safe to say they have a wide variety of functions. But what makes them similar among each other is their chemical structure, which consists of a long chain of conjugated double bonds and a series of isoprene units, giving them their characteristic color and properties. In addition, carotenoids may contain functional groups such as hydroxyl, keto, or epoxy groups, which can modify their properties and biological activity, dividing them into two groups: xanthophylls (oxygen present in the structure), and carotenes (no oxygen is present in the structure). 

The general structure of a carotenoid 


Traveling through the food chain 

Animals are not able to produce carotenoids by themselves, but they are able to modify the ones ingested through the diet in order to obtain useful substances; for example, most animals are able to synthesize vitamin A from carotenoids like β-carotene, α-carotene and β-cryptoxanthin. As mentioned before, in the case of flamingos, they feed on brine shrimp, which turns red as they graze upon microalgae, as a result, they get their characteristic pink color.  

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Immunity for Life

By The Algalif Blog

Immune health is important for everybody, independent of lifestyle, age, or profession. Our immune systems face tremendous everyday challenges as a result of the fast-paced lifestyle of today. A strong immune system is becoming more and more important to consumers. The top 5 health concerns of supplement users in the US, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements (2013/2014), regularly include immune health.

Nutramunity™ Beta-Glucan (NBG®) is a versatile ingredient for functional food, beverages, nutraceuticals, and sports nutrition products that support healthy immune function.

We are the Experts

Nutramunity™ Beta-Glucan from Algalif comes with a 25-year heritage of unsurpassed yeast beta-glucan discovery and development. No other manufacturer has a stronger track record of scientific development, manufacturing expertise, and understanding of beta-1,3/1,6-glucan from baker’s yeast. This knowledge and capability are key throughout the manufacturing process to ensure that the molecular structure of the beta-glucan remains intact for it to deliver its full effect and the purity of the ingredient is delivered to a consistently high standard.

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Náttúrleg plöntuvarnarefni úr örþörungum

By Fréttir

Íslenska líftæknifyrirtækið Algalíf stefnir á framleiðslu náttúrlegra plöntuvarnarefna úr örþörungum í samstarfi við franska líftæknifyrirtækið ImmunRise Biocontrol til notkunar í landbúnaði. Áætluð alþjóðleg markaðsstærð er yfir 1. 000 milljarðar króna. Þegar hefur fengist rúmlega hundrað milljóna styrkur frá Evrópusambandinu til verkefnisins.

1.000 milljarða alþjóðlegur markaður.

Varnarefni eru notuð í landbúnaði víða um heim og áætlað er að markaður með þau á heimsvísu velti sem nemur nærri eitt þúsund milljörðum íslenskra króna. Þessi markaður fer ört stækkandi og áætlað er að hann muni tvöfaldast á næstu fimm árum. Stór hluti þeirra efna sem nú eru notuð er kemískur en mikil eftirspurn er eftir náttúrulegum staðgönguefnum. Evrópusambandið styður slíka umbreytingu og stefnir á helmingun á notkun kemískra varnarefna fyrir árið 2030.

Þróunarstyrkur frá Evrópusambandinu.

Algalíf og ImmunRise hafa þegar fengið þróunarstyrk úr Eureka Eurostars áætlun Evrópusambandsins sem nemur rúmlega 100 milljónum íslenskra króna, til að þróa ný og umhverfisvæn plöntuvarnarefni úr örþörungum. Frumtilraunir síðustu missera lofa góðu og mögulegt að innan fárra ára rísi ný örþörungaverksmiðja á Íslandi sem hluti þessa verkefnis.

Eitt öflugasta örþörungafyrirtæki Evrópu.

Algalíf er nú þegar leiðandi fyrirtæki í framleiðslu örþörunga á heimsvísu en það er stærsti framleiðandi Evrópu á fæðubótaefninu astaxanthín. Unnið er að lokauppsetningu nýrrar hátækni örþörungaverksmiðju fyrirtækisins á Ásbrú í Reykjanesbæ. Þegar hún hefur náð fullum afköstum á næsta ári mun framleiðslan verða rúmlega þreföld miðað við það sem nú er. Þar með verður Algalíf stærsti framleiðandi í heimi á náttúrulegu astaxanthíni í samtals 13.300 m² húsnæði.

Forstjóri Algalífs er Orri Björnsson og starfsmenn eru um 70.

Franskur frumkvöðull í rannsóknum.

ImmunRise Biocontrol er franskt nýsköpunarfyrirtæki sem sérhæfir sig í rannsóknum og þróun lífvirkra varnarefna úr þörungum. Fyrstu afurðir þess eru umhverfisvæn sveppavarnarefni fyrir landbúnað sem nú eru í skráningar- og vottunarferli hjá viðeigandi yfirvöldum í Evrópusambandinu og Bandaríkjunum.

A breakthrough partnership to develop unique natural biocontrol products from microalgae.

By News

Biotechnology companies, Algalíf Iceland and ImmunRise Biocontrol France have entered into formal discussions regarding a long-term strategic partnership for the development of a large-scale microalgae industrial center that will be the essential component for the development of new types of biocontrol solutions from microalgae for various sectors of the agriculture industry.

Starting the 1st of September 2023, along with the successful bid for EUREKA Eurostars 3 – Call for their project SEEDS OF LAVA (SOLA), both companies will aim to extend their innovative development by complementing their current strengths. The strategic partnership will establish a strong base for the development of new natural biocontrol products dedicated for plant protection in the agriculture market. The global biocontrol market turnover is valued at USD 6.5 Billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 13.7 Billion by 2027.

Joint Press Release Algalif-IBF


Superfood from the tube aquarium

By Algalif in the media, News

Alglaíf is featured in the latest issue of Schott Soulutions Magazine:

“With sustainable farming and the avoidance of animal products becoming important aspects of personal well-being, there is a rising interest in vitamin-rich, ecologically friendly superfoods like microalgae. Cultivated in glass tubes made of specialty glass, experts believe this single-celled organism could be the future of human health.”

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A truly international hub of knowledge.

By News

Construction on Algalif´s 12.500 m² sustainable Natural Astaxanthin production facilities in Iceland are going as planned. The company started its 30 million US$ expansion in the summer of 2021 and the plant will be fully operational by the end of 2023.  

Algalif´s current production capability is 1.500 kg of pure Natural Astaxanthin annually. After the expansion, the yearly production will be 5.000 kg of pure astaxanthin. Thereby, Algalif will be the world’s biggest producer of Natural Astaxanthin from microalgae. The company only uses green geothermal energy and pristine natural Icelandic water.  

The new plant will also make Algalif the most sustainable, and most technically advanced Natural Astaxanthin producer in the world. This is in accordance with Algalif´s goals to be a leader in sustainability and quality in the microalgae business, as well as a reliable supplier of Natural Astaxanthin at a competitive price.

Algalif will be the world's biggest producer of natural astaxanthin when its new production plant in Iceland will be operational by the end of 2023.

Algalif will be the world’s biggest producer of natural astaxanthin when its new production plant in Iceland will be operational by the end of 2023.  

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