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Dr Andrew Cole

E andrew.cole3@jcu.edu.au   P +61 7 4781 5250

As Theme Leader of the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology, Dr Cole’s role focuses on the planning, organisational, and management requirements for the successful delivery of multi-disciplinary research. This program works closely with our industry partners to develop and implement algal-based bioremediation solutions for a range of aquatic waste streams from diverse industries, including aquaculture, agriculture, and municipal waste. It aims to optimise macroalgal biomass production and bioremediation for each waste stream at scales that are relevant to industry needs. The overarching goal is to provide a cost-effective option for nutrient bioremediation and a platform for sustainable and commercially-viable macroalgal biomass production.

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Dr Tze Loon Neoh

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Dr Tze Loon Neoh leads the Human Health and Nutrition group within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. Loon is involved in the post-harvest processing and analysis of the biochemical composition of biomass from macroalgae, focusing on the extraction and concentration of functional compounds and natural secondary metabolites found in macroalgal biomass to match end-product applications such as human food, alternative agrifeed, nutraceuticals and other high-value products which promote human health.

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Dr Tine Praeger

tine.praeger@jcu.edu.au   P +61 7 4781 4835

Dr Praeger's research focuses on the controlled reproduction of macroalgae at scale in order to provide a reliable source of seedlings. A central theme of her work is the development of bioremediation technologies for the aquaculture industry with a research focus on innovative, sustainable and tailored cultivation technologies of high-value seaweeds, in particular filamentous green seaweeds. Dr Praeger is the recipient of a Queensland Accelerate Fellowship and works with industry partners Pacific Bio and Pacific Reef Fisheries to develop novel techniques for the settlement and grow-out of a high-value seaweed species.

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Dr Matthew Vucko

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Dr Vucko leads the Plant and Animal Health project within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. His research focuses on the development of algal feed and algal feed additives for plant production and soil health and aims to (1) demonstrate the potential of using algae as a biostimulant and/or fertiliser for plants ; (2) improve the health and wetting characteristics of hydrophobic soils using algal extracts; (3) develop feed additives to improve animal growth, development, colour, and health; and (4) reduce methane emissions in ruminants using the natural secondary metabolites found in marine algae.

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