Essential elements extracted from marine algae have been proven to improve animal production efficiently through better hygiene, health and nutrient utilisation. This subject was addressed at the Breizh Algae Tour 2014 in France. Held by Olmix, the event, which took place at La Cite Nantes Events Center, was attended by over 500 participants from over 43 countries.
“Algae offer an exceptional untapped potential. Molecules extracted from algae represent a new source of innovation for biotechnology,” said Hervé Balusson, Olmix’ CEO. Renowned researchers presented their latest findings on the gut and its wide ranging functions critical to health and well-being of both humans and animals.
While today priority is still given to chemistry, particularly antibiotics, now we know that algae extracts can have a favourable influence on our digestive ecosystem, act on the microbiota, stimulate both our enteric nervous system and the myriad of receptors of the immune system lining the intestinal wall.
“This new knowledge opens up very encouraging prospects which make algae a new avenue for approaching health through nutrition,” said Bernard Kloareg, Director of research CNRS 8227 and Director of the Biologic Station of Roscoff UPMC, Roscoff, France.
For years, Olmix extracts essential elements from algae and turns them into different products for improvement of hygiene in animal production, binding mycotoxins in feed, enhancement of digestive and immune systems of animals. Based mainly on ‘Ulvans’, sulphated polysaccharides found in green algae of the genus Ulva, they are unique elements that are not found in terrestrial plants and therefore more efficient in improving health and growth performance of the animals. Utilisation of algae is also sustainable because they can be harvested sustainably from natural populations which grow without the need of fresh water, fertiliser and pesticides.