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Analysing levels of plant growth promoters in seaweed juice for natural fertilisers

Seaweed extract is often high in cytokinins and auxins, both of which are a class of plant growth improvers. Consequently, a number of companies outside the UK sell seaweed extracts as a natural fertiliser, which can be used to promote plant growth. Uist Asco Ltd  produce dried  Ascophyllum Nodosum , and are now looking to enter the liquid seaweed extract market. A 2013...
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Investigating the protein stabilisation properties of macroalgae extracts

Applied Enzyme Technology Ltd (AET) and IBERS, Aberystwyth University received a 2013 SPARK Award to fund an investigation into the ability of specific algal sugars to stabilise enzymes. The sugars were extracted from seaweeds harvested off the coast of mid-Wales and purified forms were used in two studies with enzymes of interest to AET.  Enzymes selected from E.C. classes 1...
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Potential process ‘hurdles’ in the use of macroalgae as feedstock for biofuel production in the British Isles

Researchers at the University of Greenwich have conducted a study that views opportunities for macroalgae production for biofuels in the British Isles. Specifically, they studied the processing pipeline for the sustainable production of biofuels from seaweed. Read the press release at University of Greenwich
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Making plastics from seaweeds

An article on the Wageningen UR website highlights the potential for making plastics from seaweeds (rather than petroleum, maize or sugar beet) in the context of the circular economy.  Sander van den Burg said, " If we can produce plastic from seaweed on a large scale this would mean using fewer fossil fuels and freeing up valuable agricultural land for food production." ...
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Plant-based alternative protein options emerge from the sea

When one hears the term “alternative protein source” tofu, tempeh and seitan are what typically come to mind. In the March issue of Food Technology, Toni Tarver writes about three lesser known, but just as nutritious and palatable alternative protein sources.   Algae-Derived Proteins Algae are a diverse group of photosyntehetic organisms that are chiefly aquatic,...
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Explore the potential and challenges of seaweed cultivation, 16-18 May, Oban

The 2016 GlobalSeaweed Workshop will take place on 16-18 May 2016 at SAMS, Oban, Scotland Attendance on this course is limited to 20 participants so book early!  Places will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. This second summerschool to be run by the GlobalSeaweed Network will explore the potential and challenges of seaweed cultivation. This...
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Fancy some seaweed shortbread?

Peter Adams, of the Agri-Tech Strategy team, has highlighted a project on "Sustainable Scottish Seaweed" in a recent blog, focussing on the cultivation of native wild seaweeds (Ulva, ulva lactuca , and Palmaria, palmaria palmata , also known as Dulse) for use as food ingredients. Mara, the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) and Otter Ferry Seafish company are collaborating...
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Review of the cultivation of European kelp for bioenergy

A review paper with the title " The cultivation of European kelp for bioenergy: Site and species selection" has been published in Biomass and Bioenergy." The review, by  Philip D. Kerrison, Michele S. Stanley, Maeve D. Edwards, Kenneth D. Black, and Adam D. Hughes,  focuses on three European brown phaeophyte kelp species which may be suitable for large-scale offshore...
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SAMS co-founds off-the-shelf seaweed farm company

The Scottish Association for Marine Science has co-founded a company to develop off-the-shelf seaweed farms following its key role in a ground-breaking European project. AT~SEA Technologies has been formed by the Oban-based SAMS alongside seven other organisations that made up the EU project AT~SEA and are now shareholders of AT~SEA Technologies. This project, which started in 2012,...
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CPI launches project to produce bio-methane from seaweed through Anaerobic Digestio

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has announced that it is leading a £2.78 million UK based collaboration to help strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader in industrial biotechnology. The three year project – ‘SeaGas’ – is working on producing bio-methane from seaweed through anaerobic digestion (AD). The project launched in July 2015 and consists of six partners including...
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PhD opportunity: Establishment of red seaweed mari-culture (RedWeed)

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), FAI Aquaculture Ltd and The James Hutton Institute are advertising a PhD opportunity for a project on "Establishment of red seaweed mari-culture (RedWeed)" Closing date for applications: 19th June 2015. The Phd will be supervised by Dr Michele Stanley (SAMS), Prof John Day (SAMS), Dr Tim Atack (FAI Aquaculture Ltd), and Dr...
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Technical and economic aspects of large scale seaweed cultivation in Europe, 9 June 2015, Brussles

The AT~SEA consortium is holding its final event o n Tuesday 9th June 2015 t in Brussels, where they will welcome stakeholders in the area of seaweeds and related areas (i.e. small and large industries, academia, policy makers, investors, press, etc.).  The AT~SEA project aims at the development of advanced technical textiles in order to  demonstrate the technical and economic...
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New collaboration to explore opportunities for "Agriculture at Sea" in the Netherlands

A collaborative venture between leading institutes in the Netherlands is aiming to explore the contours of a sustainable seaweed chain this year.  The project includes various Wageningen UR institutes, and Marin, Deltares, ECN and TNO. "The whole world is talking about seaweed, but no major company has invested in it yet. We’re going to change that." Project Leader Floris...
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PlantPack: sustainable coating for food packaging based on starch and seaweed extracts

We would like to draw your attention to an interesting project with particular relevance to algal biotechnology and food packaging companies. The PlantPack project concept is to produce a sustainable coating for food packaging based on starch & seaweed extracts which is: Naturally derived Biodegradable Compostable/Recyclable The coating will be applied...
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Register now for Natural Product Biotechnology, 18-20 November, Inverness

There is still time to register for Natural Product Biotechnology, which will take place in Inverness on 18-20 November 2014. Day 1 will feature a session dedicated to Seaweed and Microalgae Biotechnology. Seaweed is a key feedstock in the development of Industrial Biotechnology, so this conference will be covering many aspects of its use as a source of high-value compounds for the...
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Invasive seaweed could yield useful biologically active compounds

An invasive seaweed clogging up British coasts could be a blessing in disguise. University of Greenwich scientists have won a cash award to turn it into valuable compounds which can lead to new, life-saving drugs. Dr John Milledge and Dr Birthe Nielsen, from the Faculty of Engineering & Science, have been awarded a £5,000 voucher by the High Value Chemicals from Plants Network* to...
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At-Sea project aims to add a new dimension to seaweed farming

Got 3 minutes to spare? Why not watch a short video from the EU-funded At-Sea project and learn about how they hope to develop advanced technical textiles in order to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of open sea cultivation of macroalgae (seaweed). The At-Sea consortium covers a wide range of expertise including textiles, biology and biotechnology, offshore...
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Seaweed Symposium - Get Involved

The Seaweed Health Foundation are delighted to have been invited back for a second year to run the Seaweed Symposium at the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh. This event for you to discover more about the incredible health benefits of seaweed, and try these remarkable plants that already go into many everyday products. The Seaweed Health Foundation have launched a crowd-funding campaign...
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Growing a Seaweed Economy in East Anglia

Growing a Seaweed Economy in East Anglia Kings Centre, Norwich, 27th March 2014, 9am Start Norfolk County Council, The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the North Sea Marine Cluster would like to invite you to an event that hopes to explore the prospects of marine biomass farming off the coast of East Anglia. The day will cover a variety of...
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EU Parliment Backs Switch Over to Advanced Biofuels

The EU Parliment has backed the switch over from first generation biofuels to those from alternative soucres including seaweed. This is with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture land used for the production of biofuels. More information can be found at link
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Algal Blooms in China

 Qingdao for the sixth year running is besieged by an algal bloom twice the size of LA. The cause is the macroalgae Ulva profilera but not everyone it seems has a dislike of algal blooms. As can be seen in the article from the Los Angeles Times ( link) people are still taking to the seaweed dense water. This form of seaweed is eaten China and is know as hutia and some 2440 people are...
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Algal Biotechnology Industry Roadmap Report Published

The UK has significant academic expertise, which could help increase industry capacity to culture and extract products from algae in an economic and environmentally sustainable manner. Last year, two stakeholder roadmapping workshops were held to gauge current and future opportunities conducive to creating a sustainable and robust algal biotechnology...
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Algal SPARK Awards- Apologies for the slight delay

For those who don't know _connect is about to be updated. This has meant a slight delay in the uploading of documentation for the Algal SPARKS on to the website and currently we are unable to accept online submissions to the  competition. Any issues with _connect will hopefully be solved within the next week. In order not to add to the delay further if you follow the  link ...
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NERC AB SIG Knowledge Exchange Fellow

After serving a successful year as the AB SIG KE Fellow Joanne Pitt has a new full time post at SAMS as their KE manager so the AB SIG is seeking a new KE fellow for the next 2 years. The post requires a whole systems, interdisciplinary approach to Algal Bioenergy and the ability to transfer knowledge from all relevant academia, Centres and units into industry.   The KE Fellow...
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Algal Industry Roadmap Launch and Algal SPARK Awards

We are pleased to confirm the following speakers at the Roadmap Launch event on the 3rd June. Prof Mike Cowling, the Chief Scientific Officer of The Crown Estate will give a brief introduction to the Roadmap followed by a more in-depth analysis by the roadmap authors Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley and Dr Brenda Parker from Adapt. The programme also includes talks from a range of different...
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Webinar on funding opportunities for Industrial Biotech & SynBio

This KTN webinar provided an update on the upcoming funding opportunities for industrial biotechnology & synthetic biology, with particular focus on the remit of each competition and where applications are likely to fit best. 

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