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Accelerated Seaweed Production for Innovative and Robust seaweed aquaculture in Europe

Project description

Strengthening seaweed aquaculture in Europe

Seaweed cultivation is the fastest growing aquaculture sector in Europe. The red algae Palmaria palmata is a target species of the European seaweed industry due to its high protein content (between 20% and 35%), essential minerals, and appealing flavour. However, current aquaculture still uses randomly collected wild types of Palmaria. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) ASPIRE project will develop fast growing seaweed strains by screening and characterising high yielding and robust Palmaria strains. The project will use advanced sequencing and bioinformatics tools (TASSEL pipeline) to identify the biochemical and genetic markers of high-yielding Palmaria strains. ASPIRE will establish an innovative web-based database (MySQL, VueJS) and perform farm-level trials to validate the productivity of the selected elite seaweed strains.

Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Net EU contribution
€ 215 534,40
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Ireland

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Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data

Partners (1)

Mungo Murphy's Seaweed Company
Ireland
Net EU contribution
No data
Address
Balintleva, Keeraunagurk, Ballynahown Industrial Estate Co. Galway, Ireland
H91 X938 Ballynahown

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
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