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Sargassum - Golden tide or golden opportunity

Sargassum - Golden tide or golden opportunity

Milledge, John J. ORCID: 0000-0003-0252-6711 (2020) Sargassum - Golden tide or golden opportunity. In: University of Greenwich, Faculty of Engineering and Science Research Semin, 9th December 2020, Online. (Submitted)

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Sargassum is a broad genus or family of brown seaweed consisting of around 300 species Sargassum muticum is an invasive species to the coasts of the British Isles. Holopelagic or floating Sargassum (S. natans and S. fluitans) in the open ocean, is a tremendous ecological and climate resource. However, enormous beach inundations, or golden tides, in the last ten years are causing economic and environmental challenges. Commercial exploration could encourage Sargassum harvesting and control. Macroalgae may be a potential source of fuel. However, practical yields of biogas from the anaerobic digestion of macroalgae are substantially below the theoretical maximum. Sargassum has a naturally high content of antioxidants, carotenoids, sulphated compounds, halogenated compounds and phenols, making this genus also a potential source of a range of pharmaceutically relevant materials. Can we change these golden tides into a golden opportunity?

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sargassum; S. natans; S. fluitans; anaerobic digestion; biogas; Turks and Caicos; Caribbean; Golden tide; seaweed; arsenic; phenolics
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Algal Biotechnology Research Group
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2021 15:45

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