This last century, genetics and genomics have revolutionized the profound knowledge of marine plants at the DNA and genome level, essential to reveal the hidden secrets on molecules in seaweed and to help understand the belonging of these organisms between themselves and with other living groups (phylogenetic origins).
Since new tools for understanding were available and the research scientists and engineers mobilized, it would have been unthinkable not to reply to the governmental program call on Biotechnologies and Bio-resource, in order to further ambitions in the seaweed sector in France and respond to social issues which can lead to a sustainable and qualitative production for new materials and new products. The seaweed sector in France, which exploits this marine biomass, has always founded its dynamism by respecting the past and looking ahead for innovative processes to overcome crisis periods.
The real additional value of the IDEALG project is the implication of fundamental and applied research over a long period (10 years). By grouping a large proportion of actors in the seaweed sector which share the same vision on scaling processes and the same approaches on research and development, we have the chance to challenge new needs in biomass and succeed in domesticating local seaweed species, thereby anticipating the consequences on ecosystems and the benefit/risks of such a development.