AMALIA – Algae-to-MArket Lab IdeAs – Adding value to invasive seaweeds of the Iberian northwest

Abstract/Aim
Invasive seaweeds cause considerable ecological and economic problems. These threats can, however, be seen as opportunities, considering their diverse content in compounds with industrial application potential. While contributing to the economy, the exploitation of these algae can also contribute to its ecological control, thus improving oceans’ quality. This project aims to develop underwater advanced imaging systems to monitor seaweeds, enabling real-time information for the industry, and at the same time, adding biotechnological value to these seaweeds, by enhancing their use for innovative food and feed products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Keywords
Sparagopsis armata; Sargassum muticum; Codium fragile; Colpomenia peregrino; Grateloupia turuturu; Undaria pinatífida; Caulerpa racemosa

Partners
Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering – INEGI; University of Vigo- Sea Campus; University of Coimbra; ADEPE – Association for the Development of Peniche; Algaplus – Production and Commercialization of algae and its derivatives, Lda; Biomin Holding GmbH (Austria); Quest Photonic Devices B.V. (The Netherlands)

Coordinator
MARE, Polytechnic of Leiria: Marco Lemos – marco.lemos@ipleiria.pt

Funding
112.125,00 € (IPLeiria)| EASME // Duration 2017-2019