Improvement of the seeding of filamentous Ulva tepida on free-floating surfaces

Praeger, Christina, and de Nys, Rocky (2018) Improvement of the seeding of filamentous Ulva tepida on free-floating surfaces. Algal Research, 30. pp. 73-78.

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A key to the diversification of seaweeds produced in land-based systems is to enable the cultivation of high-value species which require attachment to surfaces. Approaches to enable this have been investigated with the seeding of small floating surfaces, or ‘bioballs’, being successful in an initial proof-of-concept study. The present study improves this method by directly seeding bioballs with U. tepida under aerated outdoor cultivation, thereby eliminating the more complex laboratory-based step, where bioballs are seeded and maintained. This study quantified the effect of density of bioballs in combination with seeding density of zoids on the settlement onto bioballs when seeded under aerated outdoor cultivation. Subsequently, the seeded bioballs were cultivated for 31 days to determine growth and productivity, thereby identifying the optimal time point of harvest for maximum productivities. Settlement was significantly affected by the density of zoids and bioballs used during the seeding process, with generally higher numbers of settled zoids on bioballs seeded at high zoid densities in combination with low bioball densities. However, productivity at harvest after 11 days onwards was not significantly different across treatments with no carry-over effect from settlement. The highest productivity (12.3 ± 1.8 g dw m− 2 d− 1) was achieved if the bioballs were harvested within 19 days of outdoor cultivation and decreased with extended cultivation periods with lower growth rates, and reproductive events on day 27 of outdoor cultivation. Overall, the method significantly improved the baseline method of seeding bioballs by minimising the steps in the seeding and maintenance of bioballs. The requirement of controlled laboratory conditions can be eliminated facilitating scalable on-land production of biomass for bioremediation and bio-products of U. tepida and likely a wider range of seaweed species.

Item ID: 53726
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2211-9264
Funders: Queensland Government (QG), MBD Energy Limited, Pacific Reef Fisheries
Projects and Grants: QG Queensland Accelerate Fellowship (AFP00613-14D1)
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2018 23:49
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3005 Fisheries sciences > 300501 Aquaculture @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3108 Plant biology > 310801 Phycology (incl. marine grasses) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820399 Industrial Crops not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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