How will the food of the future grow?
The research of Piero Addis.
The researcher’s article
A sustainable diet for the environment and the future populations.
On the base of the place where the populations are born, the climate conditions, the life rhythms and the jobs of those populations in the arch of time, at the development degree of the technique and innovation in the production of different foods.
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Tradition is transformed into innovation thanks to progress and research. That’s why spirulina, one of the so-called superfoods, is at the centre of experimental studies led in the former mines in Sulcis Iglesiente in Sardinia, transformed for the occasion into the biggest and more international production laboratory of blue-green alga, following leading technological modalities for food, cosmetic and medical purposes.
Professor of Ecological systems analysis.
Research field in reference to the short film: Cultivation of superfoods with particular reference to spirulina.
Piero Addis teaches Ecological systems analysis at University of Cagliari. The first episode of the web series inspired by the researches of the university is inspired also by his research activity. The references in particular were about the cultivation of spirulina algae, one of the so-called superfoods of the future because of its high nutritional properties.
The research led in the laboratories of the University of Cagliari is applied in the social fabric. It is from the studies and discoveries carried out that the movement of innovation aimed at encouraging new entrepreneurial developments. Thus, the Department of Life and environmental Sciences over the years has been the promoter of two outstanding projects that have had the merit of enhancing the university’s know-how on one side, and on the other of redeveloping the characteristics of the surrounding area. With the Spirulina project, the research group was able to develop innovative technologies for the production of the blue microalgae known for its nutritional and nutraceutical properties, through the use of photobioreactors powered by a constant hot water flow from the former mines of Nuraxi Figus- Seruci that today, after their conversion, host the headquarters of work and research of the Department.
The third mission of the University of Cagliari has also found shape in another of the flagship project of the Department of Life and environment Sciences. It Is the project RESURCH acronym of “Ricerca e sviluppo tecnologico per ottimizzare la redditività economica e la sostenibilità ambientale dell’allevamento del riccio di mare” standing for Research and technological development to optimise the economic viability and the environmental sustainability of the sea urchin farming. Funded by the European Union in the framework of the 7th Framework Programme in support of small and medium-sized businesses, with the RESURCH project it was then possible to study the new technologies and new farming systems to improve the biochemical qualities of the farmed sea urchin. The farming of urchins is a theme strictly linked to the repopulation of the species in the sea, their health, and the consequent growth and biodiversity of all the species.
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