Farming more seaweed to be food, feed and fuel

by University of Queensland A University of Queensland–led study has shown that expanding global seaweed farming could go a long way to addressing the planet’s food security, biodiversity loss and climate change challenges. Ph.D. Candidate Scott Spillias, from UQ’s School of Earth and Environmental Science, said seaweed offered a sustainable alternative to land-based agricultural expansion … Read more

Using a seaweed sugar to trigger immune responses that suppress melanomas

by H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Immunotherapies have improved outcomes of many patients with cancer, including melanoma. But these therapies work for only a subset of patients. Numerous studies are looking at improving responses, including research focusing on enhancing tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). TILs are immune cells in tumors that can recognize and … Read more

Kelp farms could help reduce coastal marine pollution

by University of Alaska Fairbanks The water-filtering abilities of farmed kelp could help reduce marine pollution in coastal areas, according to a new University of Alaska Fairbanks-led study. The paper, published in the January issue of Aquaculture Journal, analyzed carbon and nitrogen levels at two mixed-species kelp farms in southcentral and southeast Alaska during the … Read more

Seaweed molecules used to improve outcomes for bypass surgery

by University of Waterloo Researchers are using a natural material derived from seaweed to promote vascular cell growth, prevent blood clots and improve the performance of synthetic vascular grafts used in heart bypass surgery. The new approach, developed and tested at the University of Waterloo, is especially important in cases involving small artificial blood vessels—those … Read more

Sustainability project aims to reuse algae and seaweed from decommissioned oil rigs

by Abertay University Seaweed, mussels, algae and corals found on the legs of decommissioned oil and gas platforms could be turned into new animal and fish feeds. A research project from Abertay University is looking at ways to recycle and reuse the marine growth from platforms that come to shore to be stripped down at … Read more

VU & Chinese Researchers team up to fight plastic pollution with seaweed

Written by the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the National Foundation for Australia-China RelationsDr Jianhua Zhang loves seaweed, and not just as something to eat. The researcher from Victoria University (VU) believes it could be harnessed to replace one of the biggest contributors to waste in our oceans: plastic packaging. “We can’t … Read more

WWU researchers find potentially harmful levels of pollutants in the Salish Sea’s edible seaweeds

by John Thompson, Western Washington University Seaweeds are consumed by many people living on or near the Salish Sea – from Indigenous peoples revitalizing the ancient foodways of their cultures to those simply seeking a readily available and highly nutritious protein source – but little is known about whether contaminants in the Sea’s waters could … Read more

Biologists unveil clues to evolutionary origins of brown-colored algae for health, biofuels research

By Anne Manning, Colorado State University Think of algae, and you might think of the brilliant green strands waving in a stream or the blue-green blooms that invade lakes. But the majority of these diverse aquatic organisms that exchange sunlight for energy are brown-colored, like the large forests of seaweeds found in polar regions or … Read more