Project description

In Germany, seaweed-based food is mainly known from Asian cuisine. The AlgaeFood project aims to establish algae as a healthy and sustainable food in regional culinary culture.

Algae provide important nutrients and do not require irrigation, fertilizers or farmland. As the Danish and German coasts have a large amount of algae biomass, their use as food could represent a cultural and economic added value for the region.

A variety of activities, such as cooking workshops and tastings at markets, are intended to familiarize consumers with the use of algae as a foodstuff. Furthermore, educational programs for children and young people are to be developed and implemented in order to introduce algae cuisine to a younger audience.

The project will focus on the use of regional algae. When selecting suitable types of algae, both the possible uses as a foodstuff and the possibilities for sustainable and economic production play a role.

Tasks of CRM:

  • Collection of information on regional algae and their benefits for existing ecosystems
  • Assessment of edible algae species in the region
  • Description of different cultivation and harvesting methods: e.g. sustainable wild collection, community-operated underwater gardens, commercial algae farms
  • Public relations work: e.g. creation of information brochures, presentations at public events

Project staff:

  • Dipl. Biol. Verena Sandow
  • Diana Woldmann, M. Sc. Ecotrophology
  • Antje Garlichs, M. Sc. Food and Consumer Economics

Funded by: Interreg (co-financed by the European Union)

Project partners:

  • University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Odense (DK)
  • oceanBASIS GmbH, Kiel
  • Fjord & Belt, Kerteminde (DK)
  • Peninsula Nature, Bjert (DK)


Dipl. Biol. Verena Sandow Algae cultivation, research diving, marine ecological expertise

Dipl. Biol. Verena Sandow

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