It is a pleasure to welcome all participants to the 2nd edition of the Conference Lipids in the Ocean, that will be held at the University of Aveiro, from 5 to 8 of July 2021.
This event will be a great opportunity for researchers, students and stakeholders to share their knowledge, expertise and new ideas on marine lipids and advance our knowledge on the study and potential applications of these biomolecules.
Lipids play a key role when aiming to understand complex trophic-interactions in the marine realm, as they allow to shed light over the recurrent question of “who is eating what”.
Marine lipids can also reveal local to regional adaptations of marine organisms to shifting biotic and abiotic conditions, a feature of extreme relevance if one considers the ongoing changes on the oceans of today and tomorrow. These molecules allow researchers to work at multiple organizational levels, from unicellular marine organisms to the functioning of whole ecosystem.
From a more applied perspective, framed by Blue Bio Growth opportunities, a better understanding of lipids from the ocean is paramount to foster new biotechnological solutions, as well as more sustainable fisheries and aquaculture practices. Lipid fingerprints can be used to pinpoint the geographic origin of seafood, either harvested from the wild or farmed under different aquaculture practices (e.g., mariculture, RAS, IMTA…). These fingerprints can contribute to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, as well as to add value to sustainably fished or farmed seafood through certification schemes. The growing interest on the smart valorization of “green lipids” produced my microalgae, seaweeds and other salt-tolerant macrophytes, must also be highlight, as only now with the advent of lipidomics one starts to truly understand the remarkable chemical diversity of marine lipids present in these and other marine taxa.
Current state of the art lipidomic approaches will be presented and discussed, framing breakthroughs and current constraints, as well as highlighting research priorities to better understand marine lipids diversity and dynamics.
On behalf of the organizing committee, we welcome all those attending the 2nd edition of the Conference Lipids in the Ocean at the University of Aveiro, wishing all participants a wonderful staying in the beautiful city of Aveiro!
Rosário Domingues, CESAM & LAQV & University of Aveiro, Portugal
Philippe Soudant, LEMAR & IUEM & Université de Bretagne, France