Summer school 2016


Primary production in aquatic systems is mainly derived from algae. In the marine realm, algae sustain the production of a hundred million tons per year of marine fisheries and a large portion of the aquaculture production (seaweeds, molluscs, larval rearing, etc.), securing a stable human food supply. On a daily basis, a wide array of high-value substances derived from marine algae, such as phycocolloids and pigments, are commonly used. Diverse international agencies, such as FAO, predict a fast and sustained global growth of algal production during the forthcoming decades. In this context the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) through the EU EcoAqua project, and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) co-organized a course on marine algae culture  during June 2016.

This course took place at the facilities of the ULPGC’S EcoAqua Research Institute, at the Marine Scientific and Technological Park of the ULPGC, located in Taliarte on Gran Canaria Island, where renowed scientists working in R&D groups from universities and private companies were invited as speakers to share their expertise with all the participants.

The course presented the state of the art of basic and applied aspects of both micro- and macroalgae (seaweeds) culture and uses. Internationally recognized speakers from different institutions and enterprises will address the biology of cultivated algae, the traditional and most novel algae cultivation approaches, novel techniques (including integrated systems with algae, fish and shellfish culture) and biotechnological applications.