Training: A practical guide to algaculture
- 09.00-10.30 – Diatom Collection Gent – a microalgae collection specialized in diatoms
DCG is part of the BCCM consortium and is an ISO 9001:2015 certified Biological Resource Center (BRC) specialized in microalgae and diatoms in particular. An overview will be given how microalgae are acquired, (cryo)preserved, maintained, and distributed. This session also includes a short tour of our lab facilities.
- 10.30-10.45 – Coffee break
- 10.45-13.00 – Growing macroalgae
Seaweed resources play an increasingly important role in the Blue Growth and Bioeconomy European policies. Seaweed biomass is used in the food and feed industry, as high-valuable compounds for cosmetics and nutraceuticals, for bioremediation and as feedstock for biomaterials and biofuels production. European production is mainly based on the harvesting of wild stocks but the increasing market interest in seaweed resources and the need to assure the environmental sustainability of the production methods boosted the development of the seaweed aquaculture sector in Europe. The emerging European seaweed aquaculture created needs to be better understand life cycle control in commercial species as well as hatcheries which can produce livestock on a year-round basis. Here we will discuss opportunities and challenges for seaweed aquaculture in the mid and longterm.
- 13.00-14.00 – Lunch
- 14.00-15.30 – Growing macroalgae (continued)
The Phycology research group, maintains a selection of macroalgae for research purposes. An overview will be given of how macroalgae can be maintained and cultured throughout their life cycle. This session will be include a short tour of our lab facilities and available algal cultures.
- 15.30-15.45 – Coffee break
- 15.45-17.00 – Scaling up microalgae production – watching out for the enemies
Many species of microalgae can easily be grown using a small scale setup under lab conditions, although also here limits can be reached soon, especially in diatoms where cell size restitution is sex dependent. Growing microalgae at a larger scale generally means less control over the external factors including lurking enemies using your microcrops to feast on and/or trying to take over the new environment you created. Here we will discuss some options to tackle those hurdles and to outsmart those enemies.
Cost: €150 per person
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