A new ‘Fingerprinting’ Identification tool to unlock Algae potential

10/06/2015 - 3 minutes

The world of Algae and Microalgae will be transformed thanks to the work of scientists of the Newcastle University and the Scottish Association for Marine Science. The same way people can be recognized by their fingerprints, the algae’s proteome is used as an identification to catalog them. Using this new approach instead of classical DNA markers and physical characteristics, researchers discovered new sub-groups and species. This tool could be an innovation accelerator for Algae & Microalgae science. 

The exploitation of marine and aquatic organisms for biotechnology applications has risen to the forefront of the global research agenda over the past decade. But, as Dr Gary Caldwell, a Senior Lecturer in Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University, stated: “We’re only just beginning to understand the vast unlocked potential of algae as an energy source, a clean-up tool and as a food.” And Newcastle University just moved one step forward to improve our knowledge of this field.

Newcastle University and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS),

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