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Title: Furthering knowledge of seaweed growth and development to facilitate sustainable aquaculture
Authors: Abreu, Maria Helena
Araujo, Rita
Bruhn, Annette
Coates, Juliet C.
De Clerck, Olivier
Katsaros, Christos
Robaina Romero, Rafael 
Wichard, Thomas 
Charrier, Bénédicte
UNESCO Clasification: 251092 Acuicultura marina
241719 Fisiología vegetal
339001 Biotecnología de microalgas
241707 Algología (ficología)
Keywords: Development
Life cycle
Macroalgae
Morphogenesis
Reproduction
Seaweeds
Issue Date: 2017
Journal: New Phytologist 
Abstract: Macroalgae (seaweeds) are the subject of increasing interest for their potential as a source of valuable, sustainable biomass in the food, feed, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Compared with microalgae, the pace of knowledge acquisition in seaweeds is slower despite the availability of whole-genome sequences and model organisms for the major seaweed groups. This is partly a consequence of specific hurdles related to the large size of these organisms and their slow growth. As a result, this basic scientific field is falling behind, despite the societal and economic importance of these organisms. Here, we argue that sustainable management of seaweed aquaculture requires fundamental understanding of the underlying biological mechanisms controlling macroalgal life cycles - from the production of germ cells to the growth and fertility of the adult organisms - using diverse approaches requiring a broad range of technological tools. This Viewpoint highlights several examples of basic research on macroalgal developmental biology that could enable the step-changes which are required to adequately meet the demands of the aquaculture sector.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/35365
ISSN: 0028-646X
DOI: 10.1111/nph.14728
Source: New Phytologist [ISSN 0028-646X], v. 216 (4), p. 967-975
URL: http://api.elsevier.com/content/abstract/scopus_id/85033235331
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