All along the
These saltwater-loving plants are packed with sugar, protein, and a wide range of biologically active compounds. And just as corn can be turned into ethanol, they can be grown and converted into biofuels that can be used in place of carbon-emitting fossil fuels.
Not only that, they have known medical properties and have been used as traditional remedies for untold years. And they are productive – up to 10 times more so than land plants – as mini-factories for natural sugars, proteins, and bioactive compounds that can be extracted and turned into food supplements, medicines and other products.
Such bio-chemical refining is expected to become a very lucrative and high demand industry in the coming years, providing
We are gathering samples of locally grown plants and examining their chemical components and energy value to find out what they can be used for.
So far, we have found three different types of sea grass, and more than eight interesting seaweeds that have adapted to the
The project also aims to discover ideal ways of extracting, isolating, and analysing the materials found in the plant matter, and of optimising biofuels processes to suit these new aquatic biomasses.
We hope our project will eventually provide the
We hope to be able to provide efficient chemical and biotech processes to extract and convert biomass components into valuable, marketable products.
It is our hope that, in time, the
This could also help
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