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PhD project: Valuing ecosystem services and services to ecosystems from seaweed harvest and cultivation

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There is an increasing interest in seaweed in western world recently due to its potential for being a feedstock for various industrial applications. This PhD is part of tang.nu and MAB4, two Danish research projects on sustainable development of seaweed cultivation and harvest for multiple biorefinery production lines into cosmetics, food ingredients, as well as feed for pig, cattle and fish. The use of emissions for seaweed production as a source of raw material for feed, food and non-food high-value bio-based components and products is delivering ecosystem services such as climate change mitigation and water quality restoration.
Further development and expansion of circular bioeconomy is a top priority for the future research and technology promotion in Europe. Transforming the seaweed feedstock via a biorefinery process into high-value products creates a resilient bio-based production system characterized by circular close-loop resource flows and ecosystem health preservation.
This ValueSea project will contribute to develop model concepts to address the environmental and economic aspects and benefits of individual actors and complete industrial ecology system at different scales and of varying complexity (i.e., processing steps). Sustainability assessment of civil society seaweed gardens, business case for start-up seaweed farms, expansion of existing business including seaweed and seaweed extracts will be performed in close collaboration with companies, municipalities, and civil societies.
Kort titelValueSea
Effektiv start/slut dato01/12/201728/02/2021




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