Cultivation of seaweeds in food production process waters: Evaluation of growth and crude protein content
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2022

There is an increasing demand for sustainably produced, protein-rich, and nutritious food. Seaweeds are promising protein sources for the future if their protein content can be optimized, something which can be achieved by cultivation in elevated nutrient concentrations. Cultivation of seaweeds in integration with fish farms have received much attention lately, but using nutrient-rich process waters from other food industries as feed stock for seaweed has rarely been studied. Here, we demonstrate a simple and sustainable strategy to answer the increasing world demand for food rich in plant-based proteins by connecting food production process waters with seaweed cultivation. We compared growth rates and crude protein content of four different seaweed species, the brown species Saccharina latissima, and the green species Ulva fenestrata, Ulva intestinalis, and Chaetomorpha linum, when cultivated in two dilutions (providing 20 and 200 μM ammonium) of eight different process waters emerging from recirculating salmon aquaculture systems as well as from herring, shrimp and oat processing. Growth rates of the green seaweeds were up to 64% higher, and crude protein content was almost up to four times higher when cultivated in the food production process waters, compared to seawater controls. Growth rates were generally higher in presence of 20 μM compared to 200 μM ammonium, while crude protein content was either unaffected or positively affected by the increasing ammonium concentration. This study indicates the potential for cultivating seaweeds with food production process waters to generate additional protein-rich biomass while nutrients are being circulated back to the food chain. A new nutrient loop is thus illustrated, in which the costly disposal of food production process waters is instead turned into value by seaweed cultivation.








Kristoffer Stedt

Göteborgs universitet

João Pedro Trigo

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Livsmedelsvetenskap

Sophie Steinhagen

Göteborgs universitet

Göran M. Nylund

Göteborgs universitet

Bita Forghani Targhi

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Livsmedelsvetenskap

Henrik Pavia

Göteborgs universitet

Ingrid Undeland

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Livsmedelsvetenskap

Algal Research

2211-9264 (ISSN)

Vol. 63 102647

Makroalger som bärare av näringsämnen i en cirkulär livsmedelskedja - innovativa steg mot ett proteinskifte (CirkAlg)

Formas (2018-01839), 2018-12-01 -- 2021-11-30.


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