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Israel develops seaweed into a superfood
Researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Israel Institute of Oceanic & Marine Research (IOLR) are seeking to perfect the technology to produce seaweed that is extremely rich in protein, fiber and minerals essential to human needs, as well as for wide application in the medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, etc.


Israel develops seaweed into a superfood

Researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Israel Institute of Oceanic & Marine Research (IOLR) are seeking to perfect the technology to produce seaweed that is extremely rich in protein, fiber and minerals essential to human needs. people, as well as for wide application in the medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, etc.

This is the result of a team led by PhD student Doron Ashkenazi, under the guidance of Prof. Avigdor Abelson (zoology), Prof. George S Wise (life sciences) of the University. Tel Aviv, and Prof. Alvaro Israel from IOLR, published in Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies. Doron Ashkenazi and his colleagues experimented with growing some native seaweed species such as Ulva (commonly known as sea lettuce), Gracilaria (agar), Hypnea, etc., near the fish farm under different environmental conditions and recorded received the strong growth of seaweed, in addition to the significantly improved nutritional content.

“Seaweed is often considered a superfood of natural origin. The new approach we are developing can allow farmers to plan ahead for the production of the nutrient-rich seaweeds expected, such as protein, iron, iodine, calcium, magnesium content. , zinc, ... and especially high antioxidant activity, used as a healthy food, supplemented into the diet of malnourished people, pure vegetarians or residents in affected areas hungry…” Ashkenazi said.

“Different from other land-based agricultural production models, the seaweed farming method we propose does not require too much land, fresh water, fertilizers, etc., while being particularly friendly to the environment. environment and ecosystems. It really represents the vision of a sustainable clean agriculture. Integrated aquaculture is beginning to receive the attention and support of many governments around the world because of its environmental benefits, thereby contributing to the fight against change. climate,” said Ashkenazi.



Seaweed is grown at Tel Aviv University. Photo: Tel Aviv University.

Such creations will certainly become an ideal model for a better future for humanity, when we can live more peacefully and healthier lives, he concludes.

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