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Seaweed holds promise as a versatile future material. They are easy to farm, grow fast, absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, help clean the sea from excess nutrients and have numerous uses. The applications vary from architectural materials to textiles and dyes to biopolymers, food and nutraceuticals.

In this studio students learned about the cultural, industrial, biological and environmental aspects of seaweeds and seaweed farming. Each student group focussed on one type of innovative seaweed technology and use, proposing new products and systems of how these new products can be introduced into our culture and the market. The studio was a collaboration with Deakin University, University of Tasmania and the Seaweed Farm Project in Tasmania.

Dr Pirjo Haikola

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