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About Us

Our Mission and Purpose

The International Lemna Association (ILA) was formed in June of 2012 to assist in the development of commercially-viable production and processes of duckweed and other aquatic species for renewable, sustainable products. Our membership consists of producers and researchers from around the world.

We are the first trade association in the world dedicated to large-scale production of the aquatic plant commonly known as duckweed. The  International Lemna Association, (ILA) seeks to bring duckweed and other aquatic species to the limelight of sustainable crops that out-produce terrestrial crops for protein and starches, while utilizing waste nutrients and water sources such as municipal and industrial wastewater streams.

Primary goals of the ILA are to:  

    Facilitate commercialization and market development of sustainably produced Lemnaceae species biomass for food, feedstuff, animal proteins, bioenergy and renewable/biodegradable materials, while offering wastewater remediation benefits whenever possible.

    Provide networking and collaboration opportunities for our members.

    Maintain an state-of-the-science interactive online library on aquatic species research,  patents, and contributed materials by and for our membership.

    Develop standards for the industry.

    Offer educational training and professional development.

    Provide for public awareness, education, public policy support, public use, and open communication forums

 


Nonprofit Status

The ILA operates under the umbrella of Em[POWER] Energy Group, a 501C3 organization dedicated to helping impoverished families living in landfills improve their lives through sustainable use and reuse of available materials.

Em[POWER] Energy Group is pleased to announce the formation of the first trade association in the world dedicated to large-scale production of the aquatic plant Lemnoideae, more commonly known as duckweed. The group, International Lemna Association, (ILA) seeks to bring duckweed and other aquatic species to the limelight of sustainable crops that out-produce terrestrial crops for protein and starches, while remediating water sources that are unfit for land crop use, such as municipal and industrial wastewater.

Tamra Fakhoorian, co-founder of the ILA said,”We wish to thank em[POWER] for their support in our organization’s formation. Em[POWER] recognizes duckweed’s untapped potential as a high quality protein and starch source for animal feed, bioplastics, fertilizers, and wastewater remediation. Duckweed is a win/win for our global efforts of sustainable aqua-cropping and animal production.”

Ryan Integlia, co-founder of ILA observed, “Many of our members previously worked in the algae arena and when confronted with ongoing issues of harvesting and robustness, discovered the many benefits of duckweed as an alternative. Farmers in several developing countries already grow and harvest duckweed as a part of their integrated farming systems. The time is right for duckweed production to be expanded on a larger scale to remediate the massive nutrient loads in our current waste water systems and produce value-added products for a wide range of applications.”

Duckweed and Wolffia species are the smallest vascular, flowering plants on the planet and are found world-wide with the exception of Antarctica. They are known to double their mass every 24-48 hours, producing up to 30 dry tons per acre in optimal circumstances. Wolffia holds the record for the smallest flowers in the world, only 0.3mm in length.

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