From 3D printing and wound healing to bioplastic and faux-cotton, seaweed just keeps on giving

From 3D printing and wound healing to bioplastic and faux-cotton, seaweed just keeps on giving

Seaweed
Unique green Australian seaweed in the genus Ulva. Courtesy of Dr. Pia Winberg, Venus Shell Systems.

Throughout history, cultures around the globe have enjoyed the nutritional and medical merits of seaweed. In more modern times, these macroalgal plants’ diverse ecological properties have captured scientists’ attention.

Algae expert-turned-entrepreneur Dr. Pia Winberg is exploring the manifold qualities of a unique, endemic species of green Australian seaweed in the genus Ulva – unlocking not only its rich nutritional properties but also its medical potential for printing cartilage and wound healing.

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Published in Forbes Science.

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