Can algae save the world?

Starting from algae Mahmoud Masri, scientist at the Werner Siemens Chair for Syn

Starting from algae Mahmoud Masri, scientist at the Werner Siemens Chair for Synthetic Biotechnology at TUM, has developed a process yielding a yeast oil, which absolutely equals palm oil in terms of food technology, but has a significantly better ecological balance. Image: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

Algae have created the basis for our life on earth. Given the current problems, could they help us again? In her documentation, editor Jenny von Sperber visits, among others, Prof. Brück at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He conducts research on algae at the Werner Siemens Chair in Synthetic Biotechnology. The documentary presents some of his ideas.

During the formation of biomass, algae bind the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. But they can do much more. Algae can enrich valuable trace elements from the water, they can produce oils and chemical intermediates, and when it comes to building up biomass, algae are ten times faster than land plants.

Scientists estimate that there are more than 150,000 species of algae. Only a few of these have been studied in detail so far. At the Werner Siemens Chair for Synthetic Biotechnology, Prof. Thomas Brück is researching what can be done with algae. The ARTE documentary presents a selection of his ideas.

Airdate: Sat, January 29, 2022 at 10:40 p.m (ARTE Germany, German language version)

The documentary is also available in the ARTE media library with English subtitles, in a French language version and with Spanish and Polish subtitles:

- Documentary in the ARTE media library (duration approx. 27 min)

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