A message from the Future
The Story So Far
This is the story of a wonder plant that can help us at this crucial moment in our human journey. Its name is azolla and it can help us weather a Perfect Storm that threatens us all – the dangers of climate change and shortages of land, food and energy as our population grows by a million people every three days.
The Azolla Story transports you from the Earth’s past millions of years ago to a future filled with excitement and adventure a hundred years from now.
Azolla‘s assimilation of nitrogen, phosphorus and heavy metals quickly removes these man-made pollutants from water it grows in, leaving behind much cleaner water. The shade created by a layer of azolla also eliminates mosquito larvae, harmful algae, plus liver-damaging and neurotoxic compounds produced by many cyanobacteria.
Azolla’s extremely fast growth (doubling every 24-48 hrs) means that the growing plants remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at high rates and trap the carbon in their biomass. One hectare of azolla can sequester 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide in a year, and simply drying the plants will preserve this carbon indefinitely reducing the threat of climate change.
Because azolla takes up high levels of nitrogen from air and phosphorus from water, harvested azolla is rich in these nutrients, which are quickly released when azolla is composted and added to soil, making a great low-tech replacement for synthetic fertilizers. Traditional uses of azolla that simply add the plant to rice paddies can double rice harvest yields.
Azolla fronds contain 5-8% lipids which are high-energy-content oils that can be processed to generate biofuels. Because of azolla’s extremely high yields, acre for acre, azolla can produce more biofuel that other feedstock crops and its growth free-floating on fresh water does not threaten natural ecosystems like rainforests, or displace land needed to grow food or livestock feed.
Azolla contains up to 30% protein and most essential amino acids. A nutritious feed for livestock, its soft delicious leaves are readily eaten by cattle, pigs, ducks, chickens, fish, and even shrimp, providing feed that farmers can grow in shallow water without the need for chemical fertilizers.
Praise for the Book
“A fascinating, thought provoking read about a plant that that I had barely heard of. It shows how a unique plant called Azolla has largely been responsible for creating the conditions of the world we live in. A plant that can help feed millions of people and has the potential to improve the lives of all of us. I recommend this book to all who have an interest in the future of our planet. Scientists, students, and laymen such as myself.”
— tensiletester United Kingdom
— JOSH M, UNITED KINGDOM
— Ralph, United Kingdom
— Halfden Carstens, GEO365 Magazine
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Meet Lexy Bujak
Alexandra Bujak is an environmental scientist who has undertaken extensive research on azolla and its ability to help us weather a Perfect Storm that we face today. She co-founded the Azolla Foundation and Azolla Biosystems Ltd with her father, Jonathan, to provide information and develop azolla’s potential as a CO2 sequester, biofertilizer, livestock feed, food and biofuel. Alexandra administers the Foundation and works closely with organizations like Azolla Institute of Vietnam and Hope for Ebola Orphans Sierra Leone to help feed millions of people as our population grows by a billion every twelve years.
AZOLLA INTERESTS: Azolla as a deep-past climate influence (Azolla Event), Azolla in agriculture, biofuel, water purification, space exploration and life support, carbon sequestration and environmental remediation / environmental justice
LOCATION: Blackpool, United Kingdom
AFFILIATIONS: Azolla Biosystems CEO/Founder
EDUCATION: The University of Manchester BSc Environmental Science Hons
SKILLS: Biological Sciences , Geological and Earth Sciences, Soil Science and Agronomy , Sustainability Assessment, Sustainability Management, Sustainability Strategy
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