Summer mass blooms of macroalgae have been occurring increasingly for two decades along the Mediterranean, French Atlantic and Baltic coaltline. The principal responsible is a chlorophyta of the genus Ulva. The "green tides" phenomenon becomes a major environmental problem on the European coasts. In France, on the coasts of Brittany, 100 000 m3 of green seaweeds are collected yearly from the beaches. In Italy, during the period between 1989 and 1991, an area of 65 km2 in the Venice bay way covered with Ulvarigida. The elimination of the green algae generate Immeasurable costs for the coastal townships. An another environmental problem is the use of tensio-actives by the detergent industry. This detergents have to be biodegradable according the European regulations. The purpose of the project is to synthesize new biodegrable tensio-actives from Ulva polysaccharides and oleaginous fatty chains. This new surfactants will find an application in the detergent industry.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
BT40 3BX Larne