|Smart Valorization of Macroagae
|IBERAGAR, SA; INSTITUTO PORTUGUÊS DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA; SPAROS, LDA.
This project proposes the valorisation of three different seaweed species: Ulva latuca, Gelidium sesquipedale and Phorphyra umbilicalis. These species were chosen as model seaweeds because they are very common in the Portuguese coast and they have a high protein content.
The valorization of these seaweeds to different end-products will be evaluated, namely: food ingredient, aquafeed additive, bioplastics and ectoines.
The upgrade of seaweed as functional food/ feed is proposed using two different approaches, namely, heat processing and lactic acid fermentation.
After heat processing, seaweeds will be used as food ingredients, while fermented seaweeds will be incorporated as additives in aquafeed.
Cascade biorefinery will take place aiming at the separation of the protein fraction for valorization as feed additives in aquaculture, while the residual carbohydrate fraction will be upgraded for the production of bioplastics.
The SMARTSEAWEED project will tackle the following objectives: