NutraMara aims to identify novel marine food ingredients and products with focus preliminarily on these main marine sources; fish processing waste streams, under utilised species of fish and seaweed and aquaculture.
Nori is the world’s most popular sea-vegetable. It is used in many Asian countries for the preparation of sushi or as a condiment . Furthermore, it has been used for generations in Wales for the production of the Welsh delicacy ‘laverbread’ .
This event will be held in October 2013 and will attract students interested in marine functional food development from across Ireland and Europe. Three keynote speakers of international standing will be present at the event to provide insights into their career development and research.
Exploiting marine resources could help Ireland become a major player in the worlds’ functional foods market. The NutraMara programme aims to mine marine resources including seaweeds, aquaculture, microalgae and marine processing by-products for functional food ingredients that may benefit human health by inclusion in the diet.
NutraMara is an Irish government funded initiative, led by the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown and Declan Troy is the director.
Dr. Sinéad Lordan of Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, was recently awarded for her poster presentation at the 2nd Kiel Food Science Symposium held in May 2012. The two-day event was hosted by the Max Rubner-Institut, the Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food, in Kiel, Germany and was attended by researchers from throughout Europe. The symposium involved keynote lectures by invited speakers as well as oral and poster presentations focusing on various aspects of current scientific research on functional food and food safety. Sinéad’s presentation, entitled “In vitro evaluation of Irish seaweed extracts as inhibitors of key enzymes linked to type 2 diabetes”, is part of her ongoing research within NutraMara which involves investigations into the anti-diabetic properties of seaweed extracts. Specifically, Sinéad’s presentation reported on the potent inhibitory effects of seaweed extracts on carbohydrate-hydrolysing enzymes.
Read our regularly updated success stories. Recently Ciarán FitzGerald was awarded a travel grant by the Marine Institute to attend INFOGEST in Madrid, Spain to present NutraMara work.Go
Communication with stakeholders is key to the success and continuation of the NutraMara programme. Find out about dissemination events near you here.
Since its foundation, NutraMara has established a number of National and International links with Irish, European and International researchers. You can see the full list here.
Dr Emma Brown is a post doctoral researcher working on NutraMara Work Packages 3 and 5. She obtained a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ulster in 2006 and went on to complete her PhD in the same discipline. Emma’s research interests include marine bioactives, the bioavailability of phytochemicals, changes in bioactivity of phytochemicals due to digestion and fermentation, and modulation of colon cancer models by dietary bioactives.
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Contact Dr. Fiona Manning,
T 353 (1) 805 9785
Teagasc Ashtown Food
Research Centre, Ashtown,
Dublin 15, Ireland.