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News article14 December 2023Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

EU4Algae Working Groups: How Working Group 6 is powering emerging applications of algae related to Materials/Chemicals/Bioactives further than conventional uses

After several meetings, an agreement was achieved about the major bottlenecks and challenges to improve this sector. Two major activities are being developed: (i) to enlarge the collaboration between major actors such as academia and industry both in sharing knowledge and facilities, (ii) to enlarge the dissemination of current knowledge and potential through training and transference activities.

One of the main activities being performed is the preparation of a dossier to amend the use of safe cyanobacteria in agriculture. In the last regulation about fertilising products (EU 2019/1009 of June 5th, 2019) a detailed list of Product Function Categories (PFCs) of EU fertilising products has been defined. This list includes PC6 considering plant biostimulants, both of microbial and non-microbial origins. Among the accepted Component Material Categories (CMC) are mushrooms and algae but exclude blue-green algae (cyanobacteria).

Currently, the EU4Algae WG6 is collecting already published relevant information on the use of Cyanobacteria as a biostimulant which can be included in a dossier, detailing the strains, and references & data to bring to the attention of the EU Commission to support regulation adjustments.

Another relevant activity is the preparation of a simulation tool to analyse the potential of microalgae biomass production around the world.

Simulation tool to analyse the potential of microalgae biomass production around the world


Stay tuned for other ongoing activities that will be announced in the coming weeks.

Additional information 
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Publication date
14 December 2023
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries