Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is to become the first organisation to use a hi-tech piece of lab equipment to help breed disease resistant algae for the seaweed-growing industry.
Representatives from BMG LABTECH have recently delivered a NEPHELOstar to Dr Claire Gachon, senior lecturer in molecular phycology.
In a novel application for this type of instrument, Dr Gachon will use the NEPHELOstar to measure biomass and determine which algal cultures are resistant to different diseases. This, in turn, will help SAMS breed seaweed strains most resistant to diseases.
Dr Gachon said: “We will use this state-of-the-art equipment to identify algae that are resistant to disease. We will then correlate the data with genotype information to find out which strains are the most suitable for breeding seaweed.
“This is important research for the seaweed industry globally; just like in land-based agriculture, disease can be devastating to the production line.”
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is Scotland’s largest and oldest independent marine science organisation, dedicated to delivering marine science for a healthy and sustainable marine environment through research, education and engagement with society. SAMS is a charitable organisation (009206) with a membership that elects the governing Council. It is also a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in Scotland (SC 009292) and operates two wholly owned subsidiary companies: SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL) and SAMS Ltd.
Copy written by Euan Paterson – SAMS Press Officer