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Research into seaweed

Incredible results found through research into seaweed involving Doctor Seaweed published in Algal Research Doctor Seaweed himself has discovered some eye-opening findings through research into seaweed, demonstrating that there’s always more to learn about this fascinating oceanic plant. The research into seaweed by Doctor Seaweed® and his peers – published in Algal Research – aimed to research the effects of reproductive sterility on the green seaweed Ulva rigida, in hopes of finding that reproductive sterility could help exploit the seaweed for commercial applications. This research into seaweed was inspired by findings from previous research into seaweed, many of which came across difficulties maintaining Ulva species in the vegetative state, as the formation and release of reproductive cells often stopped Ulva growth entirely and sometimes led to disintegration. These results were surprising for researchers, as the Ulva species is known for its high growth rates and tolerance of a variety of environments. It has been implemented into food, biofuel feedstock and plays a role in the delivery of wastewater and CO2 remediation services – and all of this has resulted in a high distribution of the species commercially. The use of Ulva commercially meant that it became vital to find robust strains of the species and find a way to exploit it effectively, and this was the precise aim of the research into seaweed published in Algal Research by Doctor Seaweed®. The method of this research into seaweed involved obtaining a sterile mutant of Ulva rigida by mutating a wild type strain of the same species, using ultraviolet radiation. The research into seaweed aimed to develop a sterile strain which...

Allergen Free Seaweed Supplied by Seaweed & Co.

It may seem odd that seaweed (clearly from the sea!) could be considered allergen free seaweed.  However, Seaweed & Co. can offer allergen free seaweed within the parameters stated, and which we explain more about here. By its very nature, seaweed comes from the sea, and so the presence of fish and crustaceans in the same water as our seaweed is something that we cannot avoid.  However, we do offer allergen free seaweed by virtue of the way we harvest, process and undertake extensive analysis. Furthermore, our allergen free seaweed goes further to ensure allergens are not handled on site, and operating procedures are in place to cover this. Harvesting for Allergen Free Seaweed The core species of seaweed we harvest, Ascophyllum nodosum, is cut by specialist vessels, and not by hand.  This is a key part of reducing the likelihood of allergens such as fish, crustaceans and molluscs.  The seaweed is cut around high tide, when it is floating up towards the water surface.  Since only the top foot or two of the seaweed is harvested, then there is far less likelihood of encountering other organisms.  When seaweed is hand harvested, it is done at low-tide which is when the seaweed is on the rocks out of the water.  At this stage, other organisms are active in and around the seaweed.  This makes the likelihood of potential allergens being incorporated in harvested seaweed much higher. An interesting fact about Ascophyllum seaweed is that it needs to reduce its drag in the water due to the often high energy environments that the it inhabits.   Higher drag increase the...

Seaweed at the House of Lords

Dr Craig Rose, Founder and Managing Director of Seaweed & Co. was honoured with an invited talk on seaweed at the House of Lords. The event on enterprise, was sponsored by Lord Wei of Shoreditch, and was held within the House of Lords, and next to the beautiful terrace overlooking the River Thames and the London Eye. This prestigious, stunning and historic venue was an amazing place to hold the event with Cavendish Enterprise and Tedco.  Seaweed & Co. was one of just three business from around the country invited to talk about their business journey and take questions from a panel of experts and the invited audience. In discussing seaweed at the House of Lords, Dr Craig Rose highlighted his passion and vision for seaweed as a sustainable natural resource that can positively impact people’s health and the health of the planet.  He also posed a question to the expert panel on how we can inspire more people to establish and run businesses as a tool to enact positive changes for  society and the environment. The day was a huge success, even with the rain and cold that seems standard for British summer weather! Seaweed at the House of Lords Each of the invited guests was given their own seaweed lucky bag, which consisted of various “I Love Seaweed” pens and bags, along with a sachet of seaweed to try at home and recipe cards and other information on just how easy our seaweed is to use, and how good it is for you. For more information on the event, the support we have received, and to learn...

Seaweed & Co.’s superb Scottish Seaweed Supply selected as Case Study for Exporting is GREAT

The British Government’s StartUp Loans Company has selected Seaweed & Co. as its Case Study to highlight Exporting is GREAT. In collaboration with multiple partners (including our favourite people at Virgin StartUp), this initiative is promoting the opportunities exporting provides for business growth. Read the case study here Seaweed & Co. has had outstanding support from multiple agencies, companies and individuals. With a loan from StartUp Loans Company with Virgin StartUp, we had a huge boost to help us develop and buying our proprietary technologies for processing seaweed for food, health and nutrition markets. We are still very young, and growing really well. That is all thanks to the people who have helped and believed in what we are doing. We are really confident we have outstanding product, and world-class expert knowledge. Scottish Seaweed Supply Our Scottish Seaweed Supply is based on outstanding natural resource in the Outer Hebrides, with pristine waters. The factory and people working there are the best there are, and with our own unique and proprietary equipment, we have proven through independent analysis, that our seaweed is second to none. The benefits of our seaweed, ranging from salt replacement to nutritional enhancement, and with potential in weight and blood sugar management, is based on our sustainable, scalable and high quality supply and processing. Sold as an ingredient into the food, health and nutrition markets, we have a global network of distributors representing our seaweeds. This network has enabled us to start on our journey of exporting, and the opportunity to be the StartUp Loans Case Study Please get in touch to find out...

The History of Seaweed and The Ways to Achieve Seaweed Benefits

Seaweed is thought to have first come about approximately three and half billion years ago, and we realised seaweed benefits  many thousands of years ago, as archaeological records show.  In Japan, the past 2,000 years have seen many seaweed uses, and it is clear from the literature that the Japanese were well aware of the many seaweed benefits all that time ago.  This is demonstrated in the at least six types of seaweeds in their daily diet. Furthermore, making and eating nori was a very common thing to do. Seaweed Benefits Around The World China is another ‘algae’ destination. It was discovered that in 600 BC seaweed supply was used for a king’s special guests only. It is thought that the first author who wrote a book about sea vegetables, their uses and various ways to benefit from seaweed was also from China, and when seaweed was firstly imported from China, other countries started to experiment with it. In Europe during the times of the Roman Empire sea vegetables were mainly used as an ingredient for medicine. Ancient Greeks fed their animals with seaweeds and also some types of this marine macro algae were used as a dying agent. In the UK, seaweed harvesting became popular in 1200 AD and sea veggies were mainly harvestd in Scotland and Ireland. For example, Palmaira – a type of red algae that was actively harvested by the Irish at that time and was given various names: duileasc, dillisk, Creathnach and dulse. Hawaii is another famous ‘seaweed’ spot on the world tour of seaweed. First of all, they harvested up to 60 kinds...

Global Seaweed Supply Shortages

Seaweeds globally are a vastly underutilised natural resource, yet we now have situations where there is an under-supply, due to high demand for specific sources and types of seaweed. Several media outlets have covered this recently, with the latest in The Independent and reported as widely as in The Times of India quoting Seaweed & Co.’s very own Dr Craig Rose.                                   The reason for this seaweed supply shortage is due to a specific type of seaweed used in the manufacture of seaweed extracts of agar.  Primarily from SE Asia, the seaweed is farmed and used for the agar extracts.  This industry has seen very large growth in recent years, and become a very commoditised product. The seaweed supply shortfall is resulting in finished products being limited.  Whilst we are sure the issue can be rectified in time, it highlights the need for seaweed supply to be secure, stable and sustainable. At Seaweed & Co, and with our Doctor Seaweed Approved system, we ensure all our supplies are highly scalable, and sustainable so that as the market grows, the impact on the supply chain is a positive one of growth, and without negative environmental impact.  We predict further supply chain issues for certain types of seaweeds, with companies and suppliers that don’t follow this principle. Please get in touch if you have any questions and concerns about your current, or planned uses of...