Seaweed Facts from our Professor Mike

Seaweed facts from our seaweed expert prof Mike Dillon. His interest in the huge benefits of plant health date back to 1984!

Professor Mike

My own research career began in the 1970s with Unilever research before being hired by Cambridge University and Geest  in the early 1980’s to study - control ageing in plant cells. Jimmy Beament (Emeritus Professor Sir James Beament ,Queens Cambridge).  Jimmy encouraged curiosity around plant research and cells and encouraged innovative practical investigation into what made things work. 40 years later the same curiosity drives my love of the blue economy

There is a wider set of benefits related to seaweed beyond the food nutritional applications in which our product range is focused. The other benefits of seaweed to the planet which are also under research will form part of our communication under the seaweed agogo platform.

Seaweed – who is in our team

Main types of seaweed are the green, brown and red- funnily enough kelp is in the brown group ( I always thought they looked green !!). This brown seaweed includes the pigment is called fucoxanthin which certainly boosts the immune system in fish fed by seaweed

How good it is for the Ocean...

Let coral keep its coats on. - Seaweed can protect the ocean from greenhouse gases by absorbing the carbon preventing acidification. Even better this will help corals and molluscs keep their mineral coats on !

Seaweed – suck it up and spit it out ! - Dead zones in the ocean are often created through unabsorbed nitrogen in fertilisers not being fully used. Seaweed can not only take in this excess nitrogen, but the material can then be used to produce more seaweed – like never ending cake !

Seaweed- top fisherman !- Catching carbon.  - Marine algae can capture carbon dioxide by photosynthesis reducing greenhouse gas effect

Seaweed other uses....

Seaweed the great builder ! - Great that we can use seaweed for health- but what about helping build Britain’s first houses. Skara Brae in the Orkneys is 5000 yr. old plus and it seems we moved the giant stone slabs using slippery kelp seaweed to slide slabs over miles of rough terrain

Seaweed factories – making our own fuel - We can convert the algal harvest into biofuels – fast growing wild kelp might be best option