Discovery and development of Chlorella

Chlorella was one of the first life forms to exist on our planet 3.5 billion years ago. It was first discovered in 1890 by a Dutch biologist, Beyerinck. The natural wealth of the plant immediately excited scientific interest. During the First World War a German microbiology specialist, Hardener Linder, undertook an experiment, feeding German troops with Chlorella. The end of the war, and the fact that in its natural state Chlorella is mostly indigestible, led to unsatisfactory results in this first test. During the Second World War Lindner carried out a second experiment, once again with little success. Chlorella was only became available to consumers at the end of the 1970s, a technique which breaks open the cellular envelope has rendered Chlorella 80% digestible.

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