Our algal research focuses on both micro-algae and seaweed.
We aim to understand how micro-algae concentrate CO2 and are using this knowledge to engineer higher plants to improve photosynthetic performance.
Researchers in CNAP are also exploring how seaweed can be used to provide valuable bioactive compounds and commodity chemicals.
Acrylic acid production from seaweed
We are investigating acrylic acid production in an environmentally friendly way from the macroalga Ulva.
Biomass valorisation of seaweed
We are exploring different ways to turn seaweed biomass into useful products.
Function and organisation of the pyrenoid
We are advancing knowledge of the pyrenoid structure and function across diverse algae to enable pyrenoid engineering in plants.
Whole cell protein spatial organisation
We are working to understand the location, interactors and function of every cellular component for a photosynthetic organism.
Understanding algal CO₂ fixation
We focus on how photosynthetic microbes efficiently transport CO₂ from their surrounding environment and concentrate it in the principle carbon fixing enzyme.
Genetic diversity exploitation
The Genialg programme is improving the quality and productivity of farmed Saccharina latissimi (a brown alga) and Ulva (a green alga).
Enzymatic production of polyol diacids
This project will produce biodegradable, biobased polyesters derived from algae biomass.