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SEAFARM: Macroalgae for a biobased society

A new project is looking at ways to change macroalgae such as sugar kelp from an environmental problem into a valuable renewable resource. The SEAFARM project, led by Fredrik Gröndahl of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, will use a transdisciplinary research approach to cultivate seaweeds for use as a raw material in a biorefinery for the production of food, feed, biobased materials and bioenergy.

Sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina) is a fast growing macroalgae, which can clog up waterways. However, it is also stores as much as three times as much sugar as sugar beet, so has great potential for food and energy production.

You can find out more about the SEAFARM project in an interesting article in The Ecologist or on the SEAFARM website.

 

Story source: The Ecologist (article by Paul Brown), 14 Mar 2015

 

 

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