A recent survey by the University of British Columbia shows the world is lagging behind when it comes to algae growth.
The results have scientists asking if it is possible to produce enough algae to sustain a global food supply.
The study found that there is a lack of data on how much algae could be grown from the oceans, but that algae production is already at a level where it can support an ocean food supply by the year 2050.
The survey was conducted in 2017, but there are still gaps in information about algae growth, according to Dr. Mark Egan, the study’s lead author.
He said that a recent survey showed that the oceans have produced around 10 million tons of algae, but the actual amount of algae is much higher.
Egan said that algae grows faster than any other animal, and that there’s a lot of potential for algae to be able to grow at rates much faster than we thought.
This is a new and exciting field, but we don’t yet have the data to fully understand it, he said.
EGAN said that scientists need to do a lot more work on understanding how to get the right amount of biomass from the ocean.
For example, algae grows fastest when it is surrounded by water, so they need a lot less oxygen and a lot higher levels of nutrients, Egan added.
There’s no need to grow too much algae at a certain time, EGAN added.
For the time being, algae growth is slow because we need to focus on other food sources, such as fish.
The researchers have published their results in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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