MACROSEA - A KNOWLEDGE PLATFORM FOR INDUSTRIAL MACROALGAE CULTIVATION

The MACROSEA project has a duration of 4 years (2016-2019) and is funded by the Research council of Norway through the Large-scale Programme on Aquaculture Research.

The project targets successful and predictable production of high quality biomass thereby making significant steps towards industrial macroalgae cultivation in Norway.

The project delivers knowledge on seedling quality, sea cultivation, fouling and diseases and functional genetics of selected brown and red macroalgae species.

Growth models for these species will be developed and coupled with 3D hydrodynamics-ecosystem models to estimate site-dependent biomass production, and methods for efficient seeding, deployment and harvest will be proposed. Drag forces and deformation of different farm systems at different sea states will be determined in flume tank experiments, and a numerical model for simulation and visualization of farm designs in dynamic marine systems will be developed. 

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Laboratory work with seaweed at SINTEF Sealab
Laboratory work with seaweed at SINTEF Sealab
Making use of the ocean resources
Making use of the ocean resources
Cultivation of seaweed at the island of Frøya
Cultivation of seaweed at the island of Frøya
Standardized production of kelp
Standardized production of kelp
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