Fish into face cream and algae into paint – what is NIWA up to?
Dr Vicky Webb leads a team of scientists at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in the search for useful chemicals found in organisms living in the ocean. She is a molecular biologist, which she says means "I look at molecules, tiny little things. I look for useful things you can get from organisms from the sea".
In this video conference with students from Cobden Primary School, she talks about two of the chemicals they have discovered and found a use for.
Watch clips of Vicky talking about:
• The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
• Fish waste and ways to reduce it
• Changing fish waste into cosmetics
Cobden School is a primary pchool on the West Coast of the South Island.
What does Dr Vicky Webb do?
NIWA is New Zealand's main provider of environmental research, with a focus on the atmosphere, coast and oceans, freshwater, fisheries, and aquaculture
What is fish waste, and why should we care?
What do fish waste and cosmetics have in common?
How do you change bits of fish into a face cream?
Will cosmetics containing ingredients from fish waste make us smell like fish?
Algal blooms are dangerous because of the large quantities of poison they can produce.
Why don't boaties want barnacles growing on the bottom of their boats?
What do you need to think about when making a paint for a specific purpose?
'Biotechnology' as a word is becoming much more common.