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Innovation for Irish Aquaculture: Short Video Interviews – Part 2

30/07/2020

Learn more about how seaweed can be used to reduce methane emissions from cattle as well as to develop a kelp fibre that behaves like sodium alginate.

Following on from Part 1, that showcased two of our Short Video Interviews, we are delighted to continue bringing all the exciting technologies and innovations which we had planned to present during our conference in April to you virtually instead.  As you may now be aware, the inaugural IATiP conference had to be cancelled due to the pandemic but our conference speakers have willingly given us their time so you can still learn more about how developments in research can positively affect you and your aquaculture work.

This week, we are focusing on seaweeds and would like to showcase two further interviews. We will continue to share more interviews and relevant stories with you via our mailing list over the coming weeks. To subscribe, please click here, and to ensure that our emails do not go to junk, please add secretariat@iatip.ie to your safe sender list. 

First, we would like to introduce you to Dr Julie Maguire from Bantry Marine Research Station (BMRS). Many of you will already know Julie, as an active individual within the Irish aquaculture community as the Research Director at BMRS and as an expert in seaweeds. In this interview, she describes how BMRS have identified an Irish species of seaweed, Asparagopsis armata, that can be used as an ingredient in cattle feed to reduce methane emissions, which has implications for greenhouse gases that lead to climate change.  To find out more, watch the video, by clicking here.

And the second showcase interview is that held with Ross Campbell from CyberColloids. Ross speaks to us about the importance of abiding by the principle to “stop thinking like a chemist and think like a chef”. He describes how, after extracting fucoidans and laminarins from Saccharina which have applications in the cosmetics and personal care industry, CyberColloids were able to produce a kelp fibre that gels in the presence of calcium, as sodium alginate, which has many applications e.g. as a thickening agent or waterproofing substance. To find out more, watch the video, by clicking here.

Do you have knowledge to share?  Are you looking for a solution to help your aquaculture business?

If you would like to be interviewed and featured on the IATiP website, we would love to hear from you.  For all enquiries, please contact Intrigo Senior Project Manager, Georgia Bayliss-Brown, by email (georgia@intrigo.eu).