Exploring Algae’s Future at Murdoch University

Seagriculture USA 2024

In today’s video we take a trip to Western Australia to meet Professor Navid Moheimani, a senior algal technical specialist who has over 20 years of experience as an applied phycologist involved in wastewater treatment as well as microalgae biomass production. He has led Murdoch University’s algal team since 2012.

Professor Moheimani’s innovative work explores the many ways algae can help us create a more sustainable future. “In my group we are looking at wastewater treatment where, rather than just cleaning the waste, we are converting the waste to profitable products,” he says. “Wastewater treatment is very expensive and most of the wastewater treatment processes out there are not necessarily doing very well when it comes to removing inorganic nitrogen and inorganic phosphate. However, algae, by their nature, are very good at taking up those two molecules.”

Among many potential viable applications for algae, in Professor Moheimani’s view, one of the most important ones is for food, and what we’ll need to do on this planet to produce a cheap source of protein for future generations. “The algal biomass that we generate and grow on the wastewater contains up to 50% protein. Why can’t we use this protein to produce food for human consumption?”

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