Algae experts to meet in New Zealand

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How can we turn seaweed into biofuels? Can we use seaweed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Can we stop the spread of didymo in New Zealand? These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the 5th Asian Pacific Phycological Forum, being held in Wellington next week.

Phycology is the study of algae, including seaweeds.

Around 250 scientists, technologists, resource managers, and industry partners from around the world, including Malaysia, Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand, will be at the Forum to discuss the latest phycological developments and research in the area, and promote international cooperation. This is the first time New Zealand has hosted the event, which is held every three years.

Microalgae and macroalgae (seaweeds) are used extensively in the production of bioplastics, dyes, feedstock, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and fertilisers.

Seaweeds are also used as a food source in many countries, including New Zealand.

The Forum is being jointly hosted by the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and Victoria University of Wellington, and sponsored by a number of scientific organisations and government departments.

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