At present Ascophyllum nodosum represents almost 95% of all harvested seaweed, however many companies are looking at alternate species to expand their raw material base and commercial opportunities. Shannon ABC has worked with Irish seaweed companies for over 10 years applying seaweed and seaweed extracts to Food, Feed, Cosmetics, Agriculture, Healthcare and Biotechnology applications.
Additional marine bioresources available in Ireland include fish waste and microalgae. Microalgae are microscopic algal organisms and can be sourced and cultivated in freshwater or marine environments. Shannon ABC have experience with both these types of bioresource, and particularly so with microalgae; a core research area for Shannon ABC.