Seaweed Farming Survey for GENIALG
The Horizon 2020 Blue Growth project GENIALG is an industry-driven project bringing together pioneering companies in large-scale integrated European biorefineries and experts in seaweed cultivation, genetics and metabolomics to boost the seaweed industry.
The overall objective of the GENIALG project is to boost the European Blue Economy by designing high-yielding seaweed cultivation systems. GENIALG aims to increase the production and sustainable exploitation of two high biomass yielding species of European seaweed: the brown alga Saccharina latissima (also known as sugar kelp) and the green alga Ulva rigida (often called sea lettuce).
The project started in January 2017 and will end in December 2020, the coordinator Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) from France leads a partnership of 19 partners from six countries.
CIIMAR, as part of the GENIALG project (GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative Macro-ALGal biorefinery) is assessing the socio-environmental benefits of seaweed farming in part through an open survey. Applicable to anyone, this survey will help the researchers and industry partners better understand the perceptions of seaweed harvesting industries as they relate to everyday life.