Simris shapeshifting superstar

Annika Jönsson @ 2020-03-13 11:26:20 -0400

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The different shapes of algae

It’s about time we introduced you to our favorite alga Phaeodactylum, aka the ”Shapeshifter”. The golden-brown single-cell microalgae that live and grow together with Team Simris at our Algae Farm in Hammenhög! 

The choice for the signature Simris algae was easy. Phaeodactulym is known for its ability to produce an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids. It is our darling and our wicked shapeshifter superstar. 

Microscope photo of Phaeodactylum
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This beauty can morph its shape in four ways. It can take an oval shape, a triradiate-shape with three pointy ends, a ”fusiform” shape that resembles a thin version of a banana, or the heavy-metal sounding ”cruciform” shape with four points just like a cross. 

Phaeodactylum, aka the ”Shapeshifter”
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In our greenhouse, we aim for our algae to be fusiform. This is the shape or state when the algae are at their most kick-ass. When they are the most productive, potent and fast-growingIn fact, single- cell organisms don’t grow, they divide. 

Algae farmer Angelica doing the daily check-up of algae mass


Our algae can be more or less dense in mass, depending on factors such as the season and access to sunlight. Our farm is located in the sunny south of Sweden, but it’s still Sweden. In the winter months the sun can be a bit, eh, scarse at times. The mass, shape, and condition of the algae are monitored daily by our algae farmers. They control the water the algae grow in, scrutinize samples of algae under the microscope and measure their density and weight. All to ensure our algae are happy and thriving

Tattoo of fusiform Phaeodactylum



If needed, our Simris algae farmers tweak and make changes in the farming systems to make sure we provide the best environment for our algae. Our alga lives its best life in a suitable water environment with access to sunlight and when it reaches the desired/thin banana shape! Then it divides and cosies up with friends, making a cluster that resembles a flower star.

We do everything to make sure our algae live their best life every day!


Scientific name: Phaeodactylum tricornutum
Skills: Fast growing, can produce EPA omega-3 from sunlight!
Thrives in: Marine environments and algae farms
Starring in: Simris® Algae Omega-3Simris® Algae Omega-3 for Athletes