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Dr Carole Llewellyn

Role: Steering committee CEFS

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Dr Llewellyn is interested in the wide range of applications that algae can make to a sustainable food and feed industry. I’m also interested in using algae to clean up waste streams. Algae fit well with the circular economy and with the water, food and energy nexus. Microalgae and macroalgae, like other agricultural crops, use sunlight and CO2 to produce a nutritious food source. Whilst algae have been part of the Asia and African human diet for centuries their use in Europe has to date been limited to mainly niche health markets. Both micro- and macroalgae represent a rich food source for bulk proteins, carbohydrates and oils. Algae also contain compounds that are useful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories and there’s evidence to suggest that they can enhance gut microbiota too. There is even potential to produce anti-cancer drugs and medicines for malaria. There is the added bonus that algae do not need to be grown on arable land, can be grown on seawater and brackish water and grown on residual nutrients, have a high areal productivity.

Keywords: microalgae, cyanobacteria, food-security

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