Seagriculture EU

21 - 22 June 2023

Trondheim, Norway

Moving offshore – challenges and lessons learned in Saccharina latissima cultivation in the Belgian Part of the North Sea

Dr. Jessica Knoop, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ghent University, Phycology Research Group, Belgium

About the speaker: 

Jessica Knoop is a marine biologist focusing on establishing cultivation protocols for seaweeds of commercial interest – ranging from land-based to offshore cultivation. Special attention lies in the life cycle control of red seaweeds native to the North Atlantic, more specifically Palmaria palmata and different Porphyra species. Furthermore, she is actively involved in the European H2020 projects UNITED and ULTFARMS developing suitable cultivation techniques for sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima) for offshore conditions.

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The Phycology Research Group at Ghent University focuses on genetics, diversity, life cycle control and cultivation of marine macroalgae. We use a combination of field work, cultivation (small-scale, land-based up to offshore) and manipulation of seaweed strains to study their development, gamete development or morphogenesis and genomics.


Life cycle control, Saccharina latissima, offshore cultivation