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CORDIS RESULTS PACK: Discovering algae’s power as a renewable resource

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By Milthon Lujan

The latest CORDIS RESULTS PACK – a collection of articles on EU-funded research in the field of algae – is now available in free, accessible PDF. This brochure focuses on 9 EU-funded projects working with public and private actors at the forefront of algae research.

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Algae provide an effective, sustainable, unlimited and almost entirely untapped resource for bio-based processes and products. Dense with energy and rich in nutrients, this natural product is ripe for exploitation by forward-thinking research organisations and commercial companies.

An almost endless number of products may be produced from algae, thanks to the vast number of species, whose composition can be influenced by changing the cultivation conditions. They range from minute unicellular organisms that may be seen only through a microscope (microalgae) to multicellular forms (macroalgae), more commonly known as seaweed.

The successful exploitation of algae can help solve unsustainable processes, thereby boosting the bioeconomy and aiding the transition to a more sustainable society and a cleaner, healthier environment. Furthermore, their use in a variety of commercial applications helps to reduce pressures on land-based products or non-renewable resources.

Funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, these 9 cutting-edge EU-funded research projects investigate industrial processes and applications involving microalgae and seaweed. These include food, cosmetics, recycling, health and water quality. They also raise awareness of the importance of this growing economic sector among consumers.

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For more information, read the online edition or download it in PDF. Please visit:
https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/401427-discovering-algaes-power-as-a-renewable-resource/en 

Source: CORDIS

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