Seaweed for Biotechnology

Asparagopsis armata

Medium-sized red seaweed, abundant in the Azorean waters. It´s widely used in the cosmetic industry, namely in antidandruff and anti-acne formulations.

Abundance season: March to May

Asparagopsis taxiformis

Medium-sized red seaweed, extremely abundant in the Azorean waters. Is has a chemical profile with good potential to be applied in human and animal health industry.

Abundance season: March to May

Cystoseira abies-marina

Medium-sized brown seaweed, abundant in all the Azorean archipelago. Traditionally used as a fertilizer, it has attracted interest for pharmaceuticals as an aid to muscle development and as a source of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Abundance season: March to June

Cystoseira humilis

Medium-sized brown seaweed, widespread in the Azorean archipelago. Its unique chemical properties has attracted interest from pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries.

Abundance season: March to June

Halopteris scoparia

Medium-sized brown seaweed, commonly found in the Azorean sublittoral levels. It´s a very important seaweed for the cosmetic industry, being used in skin treatment products.

Abundance season: October to March and June to July

Pterocladiella capillacea

Medium-sized red seaweed, abundant in the Azores. It´s one of Azorean´s most harvested seaweeds for agar production in the food and biotechnology industries.

Abundance season: June to September

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Sargassum vulgare

Medium-sized brown seaweed, widespread in the Azores. Commonly used in the agricultural industry for the production of fertilizers, but also in the cosmetic industry for the production of skin conditioning agents.

Abundance season: April to August

Zonaria tournefortii

Medium-sized brown seaweed, with strong presence in several Azorean islands. According to recent studies, it has a huge potential to be exploited in biotechnology, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

Abundance season: September to January