The study of Chemical Ecology has many benefits for industry.

The compounds found in nature have evolved over the millennia to overcome various challenges. Some of these natural compounds have been commercialised for use in the pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical, nutraceutical and agricultural industries to name but a few. The discovery of bio-actives for new applications is increasing all the time. Therefore, it is advisable for any company involved in the bioeconomy to keep abreast of the latest developments in this area.

Julie Maguire is a member of the core group of E-NICHE as SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) representative and is the Research Director of the Bantry Marine Research Station. BMRS is a privately-owned aquaculture research company focused on delivery of marine biomass, bio-based products and processes. With a multi-species aquaculture research licence (all native species), BMRS’ land-based production activities encompass lumpfish production, and seaweed hatcheries, and a fish trial unit. At sea the company has two seaweed farms in Bantry Bay and Toormore (6Ha and 16.5Ha). The seaweed species produced on-grown includes: Alaria esculenta, Saccharina latissima, Porphyra umbilicalis and Asparagopsis armata.

Since its inception in 2005, BMRS has been interested in seaweeds in particular researching their potential for bioremediation to their biotechnological applications. BMRS is now seeking to shift from just primary production and R&D into commercial exploitation of the high-value compounds from marine sources. Therefore, they are excited to be part of E-NICHE and learn from leading scientists in this field in order to reach their goals.

Sometimes, as company, it is difficult to focus on anything other than the business of production, processing, sales and profit margins. It is hard to find the time to think outside the box. However, through this interdisciplinary topic it will help you to understand why and how natural products function and present the bigger picture. It may give you your next big idea or solve a problem you currently have. Therefore, we encourage bio-based companies large or small to join and reap the benefits from the collective knowledge that E-NICHE brings. 

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