Klamath Lake, an environment conducive to biodiversity

Klamath Lake, an environment conducive to biodiversity

Klamath AFA owes its name to its region of origin. In fact, this microalgae grows naturally in Klamath Lake, located in southern Oregon in the United States, within a protected natural park. And this lake is very special. It is fed by water from a body of water located upstream of this reservoir, Crater Lake.

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So far, so good. But over the 24 kilometers it takes for the water to reach Klamath Lake, it picks up minerals from the volcanic rock it passes through. This particularly rich water is also in perpetual motion, with the entire lake being completely renewed 4 times a year. What's more, the lake has sediments on the bottom, giving it an unequalled wealth of nutrients. Over the last 10 millennia, a 10m layer of sediment has formed from the decomposition of 200 mega tonnes of Klamath AFA, creating a reservoir of nutrients capable of sustaining massive algal growth for at least 60 years without any external input. And since this bottom is constantly being replenished, it's inexhaustible. Finally, the lake's shallow topography also favours the growth of Klamath AFA.

This particular biotope is a place of diversity of flora and fauna recognized by all. The lake area has become the second-largest stopover for birds migrating to the Pacific. The bald eagle has also made the lake its preferred breeding area. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was on the verge of extinction, endangered by pesticides and pollutants that affected the viability of the eggs. By establishing itself in this region, the population has grown to almost 1,000 specimens, taking them off the endangered species list.

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Unfortunately, poor-quality Klamath AFA-based supplements containing toxins called microcystins are currently on the market. These food supplements are potentially toxic to humans.

The strain of Klamath AFA growing in Klamath Lake has been identified in studies [1, 2] as incapable of developing this toxin. However, thanks to the quality of the ecosystem, Klamath AFA is not the lake's only host, and coexists with another cyanobacterium that is toxic to humans, Microcystis aeruginosa. And many unscrupulous harvesters harvest both the edible Klamath AFA and the toxin-containing algae.

So, to be sure of product quality and the absence of microcystin, it's important to choose an honest harvester who checks each batch during harvesting, so as to include only Klamath AFA in their tablets.Algorigin Klamath AFA is one of these and is therefore perfectly safe for human consumption.

To find out more about the benefits of Klamath AFA, read this article!

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[1] Li R. & al. Morphological and 16S rRNA gene evidence for reclassification of the paralytic shellfish toxin producing Aphanizomenon flos-aquae LMECYA 31 as Aphanizomenon Issatschenkoi (Cyanophyceae). Journal of Applied Phycology

[2] Stuken A. & al : Genetic and morphologic characterization of four putative cylindrospermopsin producing species of the cyanobacterial genera Anabaena and Afanizomenon. Journal of Plankton Research 2009 : 31 (5) : 465-480

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