Can algae help solve societal challenges?

Dr Carole Llewellyn from the College of Science is hosting two collaborators from south India this week as part of a joint UK-India project on bioenergy.

Algae collaboration with IndiaThe jointly funded UK-BBSRC and India-DBT project is focussed on understanding the interactions between algae and bacteria with the aim of promoting algal growth for bioenergy production. The project is in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory. During the week they will be visiting the Swansea University’s CSAR aquaculture and microalgal facilities, Welsh Water and Tata Steel Industry accompanied by Carole and Dr Alla Silkina from Swansea’s College of Science to discuss future projects. Discussions are being held on developing further links in terms of student exchange and algal biotechnology industrial placements. 

Photo taken at Swansea University’s algal greenhouse facility Left to right: Dr Alla Silkina, Professor N. Thajuddin, Dr V. Sivasubramanian, Dr Carole Llewellyn.

Dr V. Sivasubramanian is Director of Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre (PERC), an international company based in Chennai which uses algae to clean industrial effluent. Professor N. Thajuddin is a microbiologist and expert in cyanobacteria from Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirappalli. 

More information on algae research can be found here: https://algaewales.wordpress.com/