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FunSea

Functional processing of cultivated seaweeds for novel food products

Key facts

Proposal no: SBEP2023-892

Status: ongoing

Duration:
1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024

Intervention Area:
PA3 - Climate-neutral, environmentally sustainable and resource-efficient blue food and feed

Description

One of our most pressing societal challenges today is feeding the growing world population in a sustainable manner. The present global food system causes major environmental problems, including land degradation, loss of biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and pollution. There is thus a great need for novel food resources that are healthy, safe, and nutritious, and at the same time cause less emission of greenhouse gases, pollutants, and excess nutrients, and do not further compromise the sustainability and biodiversity of natural resources. Cultivated macroalgae are a staple of the Asian diets and can have a bigger contribution to more sustainable food systems, but still faces challenges in penetrating western markets due to an inherently low nutritional content, low versatility and inclusion rates in foods because of sensory properties, lacking innovation in product development, and knowledge gaps regarding safety and health benefits.  
The FunSea project aims to enhance nutritional quality, safety and functional properties of cultivated brown and green algae as food ingredients, through development of new sustainable processing technologies and utilization of side streams and residual biomass from seaweed production as well as other aquaculture industries and fisheries. The project will further develop and characterize novel food prototypes toward a wide European market, and assess environmental, economic, and regulatory aspects along the value chain from biomass production to finished products. The consortium consists of four research partners (SINTEF, Lund University, Aalborg University, Fraunhofer IMTE), one public body (Marine centre Simrishams municipality) and two industry partners (Seaweed Solutions, Bettafish) representing four countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany) and will utilize marine resources from the Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea. Key technologies in the project include biomass cultivation and pre-processing, enzymatic and microbial processing, food technology, and environmental analysis. The FunSea project will develop new knowledge, methodology and prototypes based on renewable and sustainable marine biomasses, contributing to the growth of the blue economy, development of scientific excellence, and solutions toward key societal challenges.

Project partners

SINTEF AS

Norway
SINTEF
Coordinator

Aalborg University Department of Planning

Denmark
AAU
Partner

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Förderung Der Angewandten Forschung EV (FHG

Germany
Fraunhofer
Partner

Lund University

Sweden
LU
Partner

Marine Centre Simrishamns Municipality

Sweden
MC
Partner

Seaweed Solutions AS

Norway
SES
Self-Funded Partner

Wunderfish GmbH

Germany
BettaF!sh
Partner