This project aims to develop methodologies and optimization of cultivation processes and processing of seaweeds for the industry and blue economy. It was submitted at April 15 2016 to the Sistema de Incentivos PROCiência 2020 (PROCience Incentive Scheme 2020) co-branding (UBQ II and BG ISOPlexis the University of Madeira) of the Programa Operacional da Região Autónoma da Madeira 2014-2020 (Autonomous Region of Madeira 2014-2020 Operational Programme) (“Madeira 14-20”), co-financed by the European Fund Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation.
This design is composed for developing seaweeds cultivation methodologies considered of interest for aquaculture production, to ensure that the raw materials necessary for the development of products from the promoter (UBQ II).
Create a database of marine macro-algae with institutional purposes in order to promote research and provide plant material to other institutions and even companies. Exploration and evaluation of new algae that may be relevant to the regional bio-economy.
The BPMA project (bio-prospecting marine macro-algae for cultivation and use of the raw material) was approved in September 2013, funded by the IDE through the Conhecimento + (Knowledge +) program, which recovered in Madeira the activity of using algae for therapeutic and food purposes. This project was integrated exploration, collection, cultivation and evaluation of specific groups of marine macro-algae in Madeira for the bio- functional components extraction and to develop methodologies and processes to domesticate the cultivation of algae. We conducted several surveys around the island of Madeira and identified 13 different species with market potential.
Blue Iodine.”Boost BLUE economy through market uptake an innovative seaweed bio- extract for IODINE fortification“
On August 1, 2016 started the project “Blue Iodine”, submitted to the Instrumento de Financiamento das PME (Finance Facility for SMEs) created by the European Community under Horizon 2020. Thus the UBQ became the 2nd Portuguese company to achieve this funding to promote research and development (R & D) and innovation in the business. The project’s main objectives are to produce an economic way, native macro-algae semi-captive farming in offshore facilities, close to fish, creating a synergy of nutrients. These crops will be supported by tanks on land. Install a bio-refinery process making better use of resources and reducing waste and the manufacture of a food supplement rich in iodine.