Zamboanga puts up 1st seaweed gene bank, nursery
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Seaweed farmers in Western Mindanao will soon have a regular source of quality seedlings because of the establishment of a seaweed gene bank and nursery at the Rio Hondo campus of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZSCMST). Composed of fiberglass tanks fitted with aerators, the facility, which cost P1.7 million, was created through the joint efforts of ZSCMST officials and experts from the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD). The first of its kind in the Zamboanga Peninsula, the seaweed gene bank and nursery will provide a source of high-quality strains of Kappaphycus alvarezii, also known as Eucheuma cottoni, from which carrageenan, a hydrocolloid is extacted. Initially four local strains of Kappaphycus, which include "tambalang", "vanguard", "adik-adik" and "sakol," were collected from seaweed farms in "Eleven Islands" and "Arena Blanco.
Zamboanga puts up 1st seaweed gene bank, nursery. (2007, April 1). The Philippine Star, p. B-5.
Seaweed culture; Seed (aquaculture); Gene banks; Carrageenins; Seaweed industry; Diseases; Seaweeds; Seaweed products; Aquaculture; Marketing; Kappaphycus alvarezii; Eucheuma cottonii; Kappaphycus; Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZSCMST); Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS); Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center/ Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD); United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Growth for Equity in Mindanao (GEM); Zamboanga City Council; Mindanao State University (MSU)-Tawi-Tawi; Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-ARMM; Tawi-Tawi Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Western Mindanao Seaweed Industry Development Foundation Inc (WMSIDFI); University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI); Inter-Agency Seaweed Task Force-Region IX; Provincial Technical Working Group of Tawi-Tawi; Isidro, Alfredo
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Wee, Darwin T. (BusinessWorld,
April 19, 2007, on page S1/6)The government and stakeholders of the seaweed industry in Western Mindanao are set to put up seaweed seedling and gene banks in the province of Tawi-Tawi in the middle of this year. Maria Jaqueline M. Carrasco, executive ...
April 5, 2007, on page 4)It is no secret among seaweed industry insiders that the biggest problem facing the industry is the scarcity of good quality seed stock. Like rice farmers, seaweed farmers set aside a bit of their harvest to use as seeds ...
(The News Today,
April 10, 2007, on page 4)To survive, seaweeds need to be tougher too, and the commercially important ones like Kappaphycus and Gracilaria can be made so with the help of research. In comes biotechnology. Not to mess with the genetic make-up of ...