Horizon Results Platform
In September 2019, the European Commission launched the Horizon Results Platform. GENIALG participated in the pilot version of the platform and submitted the following results:
A new finding of extensive variation in growth rates and metabolic composition between Ulva strains confirms the economic potential of strain selection efforts in streamlining seaweed aquaculture production. This database compiling growth rates and compositions of >120 strains represent six species collected from Ireland, the Netherlands and France. Strain selection for genetic variants of Ulva species for cultivation will lead to significant increases in biomass production as well as the possibility for seaweed growers to grow species tailored for specific markets, based on their nutritional composition, e.g. starch/sucrose/protein content and their morphological characteristics, e.g. thickness.
A high throughput phenotyping platform for cheap and reliable monitoring of the growth of hundreds of Ulva strains. The platform provides robust and reliable data to compare the growth and metabolic characteristics among Ulva strains, facilitating the investigation of the influence of a range of genetic and environmental factors. This platform is likely to assist in the identification of strains that could lead to higher biomass yield in seaweed farming systems, not just for Ulva but potentially for others too. This result will be of particular interest for seaweed researchers and farmers, by facilitating the development of a seaweed breeding programme.