CCAP and our staff are involved in several related research projects, including:
Living Ink is a biomaterials company on a mission to use sustainable and renewable algae technologies to replace petroleum-derived products, such as ink. Living Ink are changing the way pigments are made by using algae as colorants for ecofriendly Algae Ink™ products. They have successfully commercialized the world’s first black algae-based ink that has a negative carbon footprint, is bio-based, resistant to UV-light exposure and is safe. Algae naturally synthesise a wide range of pigments across the colour palette – ranging from green, blue, yellow, orange and red. The purpose of this project is to explore other algal species that might be suited for sustainable ink processes by interacting with researchers at CCAP and SAMS in Oban, Scotland and Living Ink. A number of algae, especially those that were isolated from extreme environments, will be examined to test for the pigment colour, content and stability (such as do they degrade at high or low temperatures or pH).
This European project is aiming to address the challenges of expanding seaweed biomass production, with particular focus on the high-biomass yielding species of European seaweeds Saccharina latissima and Ulva rigida. GENIALG will combine available knowledge in seaweed biotechnology with reliable eco-friendly tools and methods. CCAP will hold a biobank of Saccharina strains collected from around Europe, stored in liquid nitrogen.
Under the leadership of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), ASSEMBLE Plus provides scientists with access to over 30 marine biological station facilities and resources, including CCAP and SAMS. Users can apply for funding to carry out projects at any of the ASSEMBLE Plus stations that are located in a different country to the user’s home institute, or can request scientific material to be sent to them from a station. CCAP strains are also available for Remote Access.
A GCRF programme to grow the research and innovation capability of developing countries engaged in seaweed farming. GlobalSeaweedSTAR will address the challenges, both ecological and socio-economic, facing the seaweed industry by providing practical solutions and training to stakeholders in developing countries, safeguarding the sustainable growth of this important industry.