What is Euglena ?
Euglena is trying to create a brighter future using euglena.
You will understand why we are so passionate about euglena
if you can see its potential.
A tiny organism of only 0.05mm
Euglena is microalgae with only 0.05mm in length.
The thickness of human hair is about 0.07mm so it is smaller than that.
In order to see it clearly, you need a microscope.
However, there is great potential in this small organism.
A mysterious creature with that is both plants and animals
Euglena, microalgae with the features of both plants and animals grows in fresh water.
It can store energy by the means of photosynthesis like plants while it can also move around like other microorganisms.
Organisms that have both the features of plants and animals are very rare in biology.
Born 500 million years ago.
Euglena was born 500 million years ago in the primitive age.
Euglena was discovered by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek of Austria in the 1660’s.
Later in the 1950’s Melvin Calvin researched photosynthesis using euglena and other organisms and
discovered the Calvin Benson Cycle which captures carbon dioxide through photosynthesis.
Melvin Calvin was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this discovery.
In the 1970’s NASA began researching euglena from the perspective of space development.
It started out as a model organism to see its growth in outer space but its capability to grow using sunlight and reuse the CO2 emitted by astronauts to generate oxygen.
In the 1990’s pharmaceutical applications and carbon capture using euglena was researched and in 2005, Euglena has become the first in the world to succeed in outdoor commercial mass cultivation for food.
Capable of creating nutrients through photosynthesis because it’s a plant
Euglena can grow using sunlight, water, CO2 and fertilizers with its capability to photosynthesize like plants. Another special feature is its capability to grow under high CO2 concentration of 1000 times the normal content in air.
Have 59 varieties of nutrients
Euglena which has features of both plants and animals contains 59 varieties of nutrients, which is enough to cover most for human survival. With its high nutritional content, it can be used as a supplement to provide lacking nutrients in the diet.
Capability to produce fuel
Although fossil fuels releases CO2 that was captured underground, Biofuels releases CO2 captured from photosynthesis so there is a chance we could reduce CO2 emission by developing biofuels in the future. When euglena grows through photosynthesis, it produces oil that can be used for biofuels. Since oil derived from euglena is lighter than other algal oils, it is known to be more suited for production of jet fuels.