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 would demonstrate high growth potential. Other factors were recorded in order to achieve this such as nutrient uptake, patterns in growth and chemical composition.
All of this led to some interesting findings from the research into seaweed? The sterile mutant grew five times faster than the wild strain with a 30.9% higher phosphate uptake rate and a 40% higher nitrate uptake rate.
The study also found that the sterile mutant strain retained its vegetative state throughout the 27 day trial, unlike the wild strain. The sterile mutant also had double the lipid content of the wild strain, and contained more polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. What’s more, the swelling, oil holding and water holding capacities were all lower than the wild strain.
And what do the results of Doctor Seaweed®’s research into seaweed mena? Well, they mean that even though the sterile mutant contained modified nutritional and functional properties, it still retained a positive nutritional profile, showing that it possesses clear promise for the application to multiple aquaculture practices. Basically, it means that there is a way to slow the periodic biomass losses of Ulva caused by reproduction.
Research into seaweed allows us to learn more about this fascinating sea plant, and the many potential benefits it has on our bodies and overall health. Doctor Seaweed® is committed to informing and celebrating accurate research surrounding the benefits of traceable, sustainable seaweed – and that’s why I Love Seaweed capsules only contain the very highest quality produce from the pure waters of the Scottish Outer Hebrides.
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