At AML, we currently cultivate two species of native brown kelp, both of which are available for sale as raw or semi-processed seaweed biomass ready for onward processing.
Winged Kelp Growing On Ropes

Winged Kelp

Winged kelp (Alaria esculenta), is another type of brown seaweed found in cold, coastal waters around the world.  Winged kelp differs from sugar kelp in its structure. It has a central midrib with wavy, leaf-like membranes on either side, resembling wings (hence the name). It typically grows to be 2-3 meters (6-10 feet) long.
    Rapid Growth: Winged kelp boasts a high growth rate compared to other algae. This makes it a potentially renewable resource for various applications.
    High Alginate Content: Winged kelp is particularly valued for its high content of alginate, a natural biopolymer with gelling, thickening, and film-forming properties. Alginate is used in a wide range of products, including food additives, pharmaceuticals, and bio-based materials.
    Nutrient Rich and Tasty: Winged kelp is a popular food-source, due to its delicate, fresh taste and high nutritional value.
    Growth Stimulation: Winged kelp contains cytokinins, natural plant growth hormones. This makes winged kelp spray a popular choice for gardeners seeking to stimulate root development and promote faster plant growth.
Sugar Kelp Growing On Ropes

Sugar Kelp

Sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima), is a type of brown seaweed found in cool waters around the world. It is a large kelp, often reaching lengths of 3-4 meters (10-13 feet) with a single, broad, strap-like frond. Some of the key characteristics of sugar kelp include:
    Nutrient Rich: Sugar kelp contains a wealth of nutrients, including over 20 essential elements that are beneficial for plants and animals.
    Soil Amender: In gardening applications, sugar kelp meal is a popular soil amendment. Its alginic acid content helps improve soil structure and water retention, creating a healthier environment for plants.
    Biofuel Potential: The sugars and carbohydrates in sugar kelp can be converted into biofuels, offering a promising and renewable energy source.
    Animal Feed: Sugar kelp biomass can be used as a sustainable and nutritious source of dietary fibre and other valuable nutrients for animal feed.
    Alginate Source: Sugar kelp can also be a source of alginate, a natural biopolymer with thickening and gelling properties used in various products, including bioplastics and other natural packaging solutions.
We can consider all processing requirements for our sugar and winged kelp biomass, including custom-made solutions for your onward processing operations. Contact us on to discuss how we can meet your kelp biomass requirements.

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