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Tropical seaweeds 2.0: Future opportunities- Dr. Simon Davis


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Tropical seaweeds 2.0: Future opportunities- Dr. Simon Davis

It is evident from your talk that we need to have a battery of strains selected for different geoclimatic conditions with proven properties for sustainable farming like what Japanese have established for nori industry. This lesson needs to be adapted for successful seaweed cultivation.

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Thanks Simon...interesting presentation

Food for thought!


Couple of things, please-

If you are hiring feel free to post some positions here for the Forum. I am sur emany of the registered delegates would be interested.


Second - you mentioned carbon and nitrogen credits coming online for the ecosystem services provided by cultivation of eucheumatoids?

Please can you post some links here?

Please could you comment on the longevity (shelf-life) of carbon in the system as captured by cultivated seaweeds?

What would be the end use of the biomass if used to mop up nitrogen -presumably from anthropogenic sources?


Thanks for this Simon. I fundamentally agree with your overview (except, perhaps, about seaweeds producing seeds 😏) but extraordinary events must occur if anything like the progress you envision can happen in anything like 3-5 years! Based on my 56 years in the trenches, I reckon that 2-3 decades is a more likely scenario. There is a tremendous buzz about seaweed nowadays and there are meetings aplenty, but it seems to me that there is no way to speed up the long slog of R&D and testing and certification and miasma of red tape required for so many likely seaweed applications. What are thoughts on how such rapid development can happen?

Thanks for this Simon. I totally agree with your views on seaweed development, especially in relation to the issue of seaweed seedling.

There are several notes that R and D is rather difficult to develop if there is no good collaboration with many parties such as support from the government, entrepreneurs and academics at various levels, both at the lower level (farmers) and at the level of policy makers at the government level. What do you think? about my above statement ?

Yes I agreed that there should be government, entrepreneurs and academic work together specially policy makers. As I also feel to arrange more training and workshops or seminars regarding its importance and its uses as well.


Hello Simon

Back again.....once everything is in place .. how many new spp. or cultivars of tropical seaweeds do you think could be brought into phyconomic practice? What are the most attractive present and future markets to produce the new biomass for?


Thank you for a nice talk, as you mentioned some algal species such as Ulva & Cularpa they are the future species.

Yes these species growing on the rocks rapidly in Pakistan but actually its neglected side here. could you suggest how we convince the public that these are sea vegetables and we can use them in our daily life or to feed our animals. 

As I tried to use sargassum as fertilizer of the growth of Wheat and got good results but having no source to make a pilot plan.


Thanks to everyone for the questions and I look forward to discussing these points in the coming panel.

I'd also like to share the job description for the Science Team Leader position that SEADLING is now hiring for. Please feel free to circulate this in your networks


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