Seaweed research at SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
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Seaweed research at the Aquaculture Department of SEAFDEC focuses mainly on 2 genera of agarophytes (Gracilaria and Gracilariopsis) and carrageenophytes (Eucheuma and Kappaphycus). From 1988 to 1998, research works were mainly on Gracilaria and Gracilariopsis along these areas: (1) refinement of culture technique, (2) basic biology, production ecology, and corp management, (3) product utilization, (4) screening and characterization of natural products, and (5) economics of farming system. Four years ago, the Seaweed Program of the Department re-focused its thrust on Advanced Aquaculture Technologies (Biotechnology) to include also Eucheuma and Kappaphycus in answer to the needs of the industry. This paper briefly describes the highlights of the different studies done on biotechnology.
Hurtado, A. Q. (2003). Seaweed research at SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department. In A. Q. Hurtado & M. R. J. Luhan (Eds.), Proceedings of the National Seaweed Symposium, September 3-4, 2002, Cebu City (pp. 65-68). Cebu City, Philippines: Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines.
PublisherSeaweed Industry Association of the Philippines
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BookAQ Hurtado & RF Agbayani - 2000 - Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center
Series: Aquaculture extension manual; No. 32A 24-page manual that introduces the carrageenan-producing seaweed Kappaphycus whose culture has spread from Jolo in Mindanao to at least 14 sites in the Visayas and Luzon. Four culture methods are presented: fixed off-bottom, raft long-line (single or multiple), hanging long line, and polyculture of seaweeds with carnivorous fishes.
Conference paperK Lewmanomont - In IJ Dogma Jr., GC Trono Jr. & RA Tabbada (Eds.), Culture and use of algae in Southeast Asia. Proceedings of the Symposium on Culture and Utilization of Algae in Southeast Asia, 8-11 December 1981, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines, 1990 - Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development CenterDifferent seaweeds harvested from natural stocks are utilized in Thailand as human food and animal feed and for medicinal purpose and extraction of crude agar. Gracilaria and Porphyra are the most exploited commercially. Commercial cultivation through seaweed farming is recommended.