SAMS doctor leads £5m seaweed project
A DOCTOR from SAMS will lead a £5 million project that aims to protect the seaweed industry in developing countries.
Dr Liz Cottier- Cook, pictured, and colleagues at Dunstaffnage-based SAMS will be using their algal expertise to help train producers from developing nations in how to identify disease and improve biosecurity measures.
Scientists from seven international research institutes will be involved in the global seaweed project.
Dr Elizabeth Cottier- Cook said: ‘ Worldwide, seaweed farming provides income to millions of families in rural coastal communities and provides a source of food. The industry has also enabled women to become economically active in areas where few opportunities exist.
‘But many seaweeds grown in developing countries are intentionally introduced from other parts of the world and they can bring with them a whole host of pests and disease, which go on to have wider environmental consequences.’
The seaweed industry is worth more than $5 billion worldwide, annually, and it is growing by around 10 per cent each year.