THE APOTHECARY

The #SeaweedApothecary originally began as a fun investigation to see how many macroalgal species we could find and identify on local beaches on the South Devon coast, helping us to learn more about which species grow on our shoreline and identify the perfect growth conditions for each one. We quickly discovered that collecting and storing samples of each species provided a brilliant resource for academics and industrialists wanting to undertake preliminary screening studies on seaweed sugars, proteins, lipids, pigments, and much more!

 

So the Apothecary was born and continues to grow as we discover more about the coastal seaweed systems in South Devon, and find new partners seeking to work with us to utilise these fantastic natural resources.

Phycology Marine Science

ABOUT MIKE

Professor Mike Allen is an Associate Professor of Single Cell Genomics  in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at University of Exeter, a Merit Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and an Honorary Fellow of the School of Physics at Bristol University. His interests are varied and encompass both innovative and applied research topics. Innovative research focuses mainly on understanding the role of viruses in the ocean using genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches. Applied research focuses on biocatalysis, bioremediation, biotransformation, bioprocessing and technology development, particularly in regards to both microalgae and macroalgae.

CULTURING

We don’t just collect and store seaweed samples, we also cultivate seaweeds under lab and environmental conditions. Mike and the team have decades of experience in culturing both macro and microalgae using innovative equipment (we have been designing our own photobioreactors and helping others to develop theirs for years!) and work to constantly develop better conditions to produce healthy, sustainable and harvestable cultures. Our systems range from low tech to ultra-high tech, with everything in between!

ABOUT MIKE

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Professor Mike Allen is an Associate Professor of Single Cell Genomics  in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at University of Exeter, a Merit Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and an Honorary Fellow of the School of Physics at Bristol University. His interests are varied and encompass both innovative and applied research topics. Innovative research focuses mainly on understanding the role of viruses in the ocean using genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches. Applied research focuses on biocatalysis, bioremediation, biotransformation, bioprocessing and technology development, particularly in regards to both microalgae and macroalgae.