Status of seaweed culture in India

Chennubhotla, V S Krishnamurthy (1988) Status of seaweed culture in India. Technical Report. Food and Agriculture Organisation, Rome.


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    In India, Gulf of Mannar, Gulf of Kuteh, Palk Bay, Lakshadweep and Bay islands are the important areas having considerable natural resources along the 6 100 km long coast line of the country. About 680 species of seaweeds belonging to the groups Chlorophyta, Phaeophyta, Rhodophyta and Cyanophyta occur naturally in varying degrees of abundance in shallow bays, lagoons and coastal areas which offer suitable substrata for their growth and propagation. Apart from their utility as a source of food, food derivatives, vitamins, proteins, etc., seaweeds provide the raw material for many agar and algin-based industries. The exploitation of carrageenophytes such as species of Hypnea, Acanthophora, Laurencia, etc. has yet to make a beginning in the country as these are available in sizeable quantities. In view of the constant demand for the seaweeds, research programmes on seaweed resources and their culture were taken up by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, and Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute at Mandapam at their Regional and Field Centre, respectively, and various other research organizations belonging to the State Fisheries Departments/Universities. As regards sea-weed farming, experiments were mainly carried out on species of Ulva, Gelidiella acerosa, Gracilaria edulis, Gracilaria corticata, Gelidiopsis variabilis, Gelidium pusillum, Hypnea musiformis, Acanthophora spicifera, Hormophysa triquetra, Cystoseira sp. and species of Sargassum.

    Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: seaweed culture; India
    Subjects: Algae > Seaweed
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment Management
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment Management
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment Management
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment Management
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2014 11:30
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:58

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