Seaweed Team News

Funded PhD Studentship on sea vegetables

Funding available for an EUROPEAN Ph.D. student in collaboration with Milford Haven Port Authority

TITLE: Evaluating the scientific and technical capacities towards sustainable production of sea vegetables in Milford Haven Port

The overarching goal of the proposed research is to balance aquaculture production and conservation needs within the Port. The student will investigate and evaluate the scientific and technological feasibility of seaweed aquaculture within the Port. This project will blend field surveys, controlled lab and field trials, with regular knowledge-exchange with the MHPA and other stakeholders.

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,198 p.a. dependent upon the applicant’s financial circumstances

TO APPLY: follow this link

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Prof. Kam W. Tang or Dr. Sara Barrento regarding information on the area of research, particularly via email (; Applicants are also advised to contact Alaric Churchill regarding the commercial aspects of the project (




Seaweed vegetables, sea veggies, sea veg …

rebranding macroscopic, multi-cellular marine algae

Dr Sara Barrento recently presented a  CoS lunchtime talk about the emergence of the sea vegetables. CoS Lunchtime Talks is an event run by the Colledge of Science at Swansea University, aiming to bring together each department of the college to discuss their research, combine expertise, and perhaps collaborate. You can see her presentation below.

AlgaeWales at the Seagriculture 2016

Researchers from Swansea University (AlgaeWales Team members Fleuriane Fernandes and Claudio Fuentes Grünewald) and Durham University presented a poster at the 5th edition of the Seagriculture in Aveiro (Portugal) on the 27th and 28th of September.

The poster presented the “Modification Of The Biochemical Composition Of The Two Macroalgal Species Laminaria digitata and Ulva lactuca Via Post-harvesting Treatments” and received positive feedbacks and enthousiasm from researchers all around Europe.

The 5th Edition of the Seagriculture was the occasion to combines academic- and industry speakers all working on macroalgae and microalgae biology, cultivation, extraction processes for high-end products but also legislation and seaweed farming economics.

The poster here



Seaweed team at sea

A brand new seaweed farm has been installed in Pembroke Dock – Wales, this April 2016 by marine biologists from Swansea University in collaboration with the Milford Haven Port Authority. The 100 m double longline structure is part of the EPSRC funded Macrobiocrude project and will sustain kelp cultivation for the next following years. The cultivated biomass will be mainly used for research on ensilage processes (conservation method of organic material).

The farm structure and design will allow to install different textile and netting material for the cultivation of other species of seaweeds (e.g. Porphyra sp.) or bivalves (Mytilus edulis).

Blog post by Fleuriane Fernandes

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