The algae laboratory facility forms part of Tetra's Biological Quality Assurance. "Our algae laboratory gives us a great opportunity to concentrate on looking into specific problems and to use this technology to make significant progress in research and development," adds Barron Benno ter Höfte, who is Head of Biological Quality Assurance and in charge of the algae laboratory.
"Overall, this means that the algae laboratory is a wise addition to our aquarium and pond facilities and, furthermore, it bridges the gap in our close cooperation with specialist university departments. Tests in the Tetra Algea LaboratoryIn particular, we cultivate algae in pure and mixed cultures, which we have come across time and time again, in some cases for decades, whilst studying ponds filled with algae." Examples of these species of algae include Scenedesmus, Botryococcus, Cosmarium and Haematococcus, amongst others. It is not only their appearance under the microscope that distinguishes each of the species from the others, but also their differing growth behaviour and specific characteristics. "The first stage of this new challenge has satisfied our expectations and is highly intriguing," says ter Höfte, summarising the first few months of work.