Ovidius University to join implementing Black Sea algae knowledge project

Bucharest, Feb 6 /Agerpres/ – The Ovidius University of Constanta will participate, alongside five other organisations and universities from Bulgaria, Georgia, Ukraine and Greece, in the implementation of a European project of over EUR 1.4 million intended for the use of algae in the Black Sea region, the university reported on Tuesday.

According to a press statement, the Ovidius University of Constanta (UOC) won the “Harnessing Algae Power for Pollution Reduction and Blue Growth (AlgaeRevive)” project funded under the NEXT Black Sea Basin programme (Interreg VI-B), to the amount of EUR 1,470. 899.04. Of the total funds, 90% is financial support from the European Union, with the rest being a national contribution.

The overall objective of the AlgaeRevive project is to create a sustainable and innovative ecosystem for research, innovation and industrial absorption of algae in the Black Sea region. The project  is designed to capitalise on the potential of algae as a solution for reducing pollution, especially in the marine ecosystems, while also exploring their potential for various industrial applications.

The duration of the project implementation is 30 months, during which a series of activities will be carried out, including:the creation of the Black Sea Algae Knowledge Hub (Algae K-Hub), which is a collaboration platform for the exchange of knowledge, research co-operation and capacity building of partner institutions; Mapping and monitoring algae communities using an AI tool for monitoring and forecasting algae blooms in the Black Sea; pilot activities for industrial uptake consisting of identifying suitable cultivation sites, developing efficient production methods and exploring various applications of algae, in food, energy and bioplastics.

The “Harnessing Algae Power for Pollution Reduction and Blue Growth (AlgaeRevive)” project is carried out by a consortium of six organisations: Ovidius University of Constanta, Via Pontica Foundation (Bulgaria),  Prof Dr Assen Zlatarov University ( Bulgaria), the Tsotne Mirtskhulava Water Management Institute of the Technical University of Georgia, the State Agrarian University of Odesa (Ukraine) and the Dimitra Hellenic Agricultural Organisation  (Greece).