Dr Alexandra Campbell – Can seaweeds save the world?
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “seaweed”? Seaweeds are not the most glamorous of marine creatures, but they are one of the most important.
They are the trees of the oceans, providing food and habitat to support marine biodiversity. They produce a significant amount of oxygen for our planet and capture carbon dioxide.
Commercially, seaweeds have enormous potential as “super foods” and can be used as animal feed for agriculture and aquaculture.
Better yet, by growing seaweed we can clean up the ocean at the same time. We’ll discuss these ideas in the context of what we can do in Queensland to farm seaweed, restore our ocean and save the world - if Australians are game to eat enough of it.
Dr Campbell’s presentation will give you a taste of the next big thing in Australian cuisine and smart solutions to global ocean challenges.
Dr Alexandra Campbell is an award-winning marine ecologist who combines field ecology with environmental microbiology, natural products chemistry and environmental science to answer questions about how environmental change influences interactions between important marine organisms and the things that consume, infect or live on them.
She is particularly interested in macro-micro interactions and how these influence host health and ecosystem function. She is passionate about ecological conservation and restoration and increasingly interested in how human health and well being are linked to ecosystem function in the marine realm.
TalkUSC Friday - Seaweed, A dietary stape of the future?
1.30pm to 4pm
31 August 2018
U3A noosa, Tewantin
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