One thing is clear: we need renewable biomass sources for use in biorefineries to guarantee a transition to a more sustainable society! A very promising alternative to terrestrial biomass is macroalgae.
In our new article we were able to verify several potentially valuable components in the biomass of the green seaweed Ulva intestinalis. Furthermore, our results show that there is a considerable geographical variability in the composition of Swedish U. intestinalis. We suggest that different salinities could be used to create a lipid- or carbohydrate-rich biomass. These findings have some important implications for the emerging seaweed aquaculture industry and the selection of seaweed farm grounds in the North- and Baltic Sea.
Read our new open access article here.