The activation of Vitamin B12 from different seaweed species

This project is a collaboration between a research group from the Food, Nutrition, and Health Department at UBC and the industrial partner Canadian Pacifico Seaweeds. One PhD intern will be trained on diverse types of advanced and sophisticated analytical instruments that are connected to vitamin B12 content measurement, characterizing the bacteria strains and in-vitro bioaccessibility measurement. After the successful execution of the project, potential vitamin B12- rich seaweed species will be identified and this vitamin B12 will be more bioaccessible (possibility show beneficial and healthy effects on humans). Hence, Canadian Pacifico Seaweeds can anticipate that this project outcome enhances the chances to conduct the in-vivo study and human clinical trials fruitfully so that they can contribute to the welfare of vegetarians or vegans and elderly people who have a deficiency of vitamin B12. Besides, the research results can build hope for commercial production of vitamin B12 health supplements from seaweed.

Faculty Supervisor:

Anubhav Pratap Singh


Mithun Dey


Canadian Pacifico Seaweeds Ltd.


Food science




University of British Columbia


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