Seaweeds are marine macroscopic algae. At the NIOZ Seaweed Research Centre we investigate seaweed physiology and ecology, that is, how seaweeds function in their environment. For example, we study seaweed growth, uptake of nutrients, and their role as crop in a nursery. Seaweeds are a potential alternative for landplant biomass. They grow on saltwater, which covers 70% of the surface of our planet. Not only can seaweed cultivation be combined with other activities at sea, it also take up excess nutrients from coastal waters, thus reducing eutrophication. The fundamental scientific knowledge gained in the Seaweed Research Centre can be used for sustainable production of food and energy for the future.
The Seaweed Research Centre addresses two themes: Cultivation and Biorefinery.