“Growing algae allows us to benefit from their enormous potential”

To take advantage of the many food, agricultural, medical and even cosmetic advantages of this aquatic plant, the research director at the CNRS in Roscoff and specialist in macroalgae, Philippe Potin, pleads for a sustainable algoculture based on local species.

There are approximately 11,000 species of macroalgae in the world. (F. Hecker / Alamy. Photo12)
by Coralie Schaub
published on May 12, 2021 at 9:20 a.m.

Each month, Liberation digs into an environmental theme. After the hunt, the state’s zeal for green associations, the manipulation of recycling or the future of the electric car, this month: will cultivating algae save humanity?

CNRS research director at the Roscoff biological station (Finistère), Philippe Potin is one of the best European specialists in macroalgae. He pleads for a sustainable algoculture and the domestication of local species to develop their many assets in the food, agricultural, medical, cosmetic and materials sectors, but also in the preservation of biodiversity and the climate …


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