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Universitas Hasanuddin Conducted a Webinar on Seaweed Management as SDGs Implementaion.

Universitas Hasanuddin (Unhas) through the Center for Excellence in Science and Technology – Development and Utilization of Seaweed (PUI-P2RL) held a Webinar on the Study of Management and Utilization of High Protein Seaweed as Implementation of SDGs. The webinar activity was carried out online through the Zoom Meeting platform at 10.30 WITA on Thursday (25/2).

This webinar presented six speakers, namely: Dr. Ir. Rustam, MS (Hasanuddin University), Ir. Voulda D. Loupatty, M.Si (Industrial Research and Standardization Center, Ambon), Prof. Dr. Nicholas Paul (University of Sunshine Coast, Australia), Dr. Lideman, S.Pi, M.Sc (Center for Brackish Water Cultivation in Takalar), and Noer Kasanah, Apt., M.Si., Ph.D. (Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta).

Starting the activity, the Vice-rector for Research, Innovation, and Partnership of Unhas, Prof. dr. Muh. Nasrum Massi, Sp.MK, Ph.D., expressed his gratitude and appreciation for PUI-P2RL Unhas for organizing this activity. Nowadays, seaweed is one of the commodities that has attracted a lot of parties. Moreover, the protein content in seaweed is important to support people’s immunity to face the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“On this occasion, I have a special thanks to Prof. Bambang Setiadi, Chairman of the National Research Board, for his support so that this webinar can be carried out. He connected us to Kalbe Farma, which plans to be involved in the research process and downstream seaweed products from Unhas,” said Prof. Nasrum.

Furthermore, Prof. Nasrum said that Unhas is currently trying to optimize the quality and quantity in terms of publication and innovation. In accordance with the order of the Unhas Rector, the innovation team was asked to develop the Science Techno Park of Unhas.

“Seaweed is one of the innovations that we will involve here. From upstream to downstream, from research to collaboration with industry for production. With the support from the industry, in this case, Kalbe Farma, we are optimistic that this idea can be achieved,” said Prof. Nasrum.

After the opening, the webinar, which was hosted by Dr. Nita Rukminasari, presented the speakers in turn. One of the speakers, Voulda D. Loupatty, from the Center for Industrial Research and Standardization, Ambon, delivered a presentation about the benefits of seaweed as a food ingredient.

Seaweed has long been used by the Japanese and Chinese, both as food and medicine. In Indonesia, several communities have also been consuming seaweed for a long time,” said Voulda.

Voulda explained that seaweed is now a favourite food of urban communities, especially the processed seaweed called “nori”. This food is dried seaweed and processed in the form of leaf-like strands. The main producers of nori are Japan, China, and South Korea, which annually produce about two billion pieces of nori per year.

The webinar, which was attended by around 400 participants online, lasted until 16.00 WITA.


Kumara Tungga Dewa, S.S.

Editor: Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR

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