Largescale Commercial Production Of Spirulina

Although the development of the technology of outdoor mass production of Spirulina dates back to the 1970s, it is very recently that its production and utilization has expanded beyond a few countries or producers. This is because of the many constraints that had to be surmounted. These relate to some environmental, physical, chemical, and biological problems encountered in commercial production of algae. It is not within the scope of this chapter to provide details of these constraints. The relevant

FIGURE 1.2 Aerial view of an outdoor mass culture of Arthrospira.

information can be found in other reviews.24-28 This chapter will highlight the various processes involved in the production and quality assurance of Spirulina, drawing information mainly from the experiences of Earthrise Nutritionals LLC, the largest Spirulina producer in the world located in California, USA (Figure 1.2).

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