The first talk of 2019 is by Professor Patricia Harvey, Science and is titled Food, Feed & Pharmaceuticals – from salt, water, CO2 and sunlight and takes place on Wednesday 16th January.
One of the biggest challenges facing global society today is the widespread and growing presence of hunger and food insecurity. Algae as the primary producers of the marine food web and at the bottom of the food chain are an underexploited resource with more potential than any land-based crop to produce more food. There are 80,000 to 100,000 different algae species but only 37 farmed. They provide only 0.3% of world food tonnage.
Dunaliella salina is microalga, which is being developed in a £10 million project for delivering large amounts of nutraceutical carotenoids as well as food and feed. The carotene content of the alga is around 1000-fold greater than in carrots; lutein and zeaxanthin, around 400-fold greater, and some of the stereoisomers especially of all-trans carotene, are difficult to synthesize chemically. One of these is associated with therapeutic effects in a number of diseases including atherosclerosis, diabetes, psoriasis and ophthalmologic diseases.
This talk will describe the roadmap to deliver a new future using algae such as Dunaliella in large-scale sustainable production and processing, for food, feed and eventually pharmaceuticals, and for paving the way for future developments in personalized health nutrition.
The talk will be held in the Wardroom, Pembroke Building on the Medway Campus. It will start at 6 pm and will be followed by light refreshments. The talk is FREE but admission is by registration only and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
To register your attendance call 01634 883495 or email: *protected email*.