Asparagopsis taxiformis hatchery and cultivation manual

  • 42 pages

  • Published: 13 May 2024

  • Author(s): John Statton

  • ISBN: 978-1-76053-489-9

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The emerging Australian seaweed industry is becoming prominent and attractive because of the role it can play in helping Australian agriculture realise its sustainability goals. The red seaweed Asparagopsis spp., when fed in small quantities, holds promise for mitigating methane emissions in cattle and helping producers achieve carbon-neutral meat production. Despite significant potential, however, technical challenges persist.

Understanding the potential the seaweed industry holds and the need for agriculture to reduce its emissions in line with Australian Government targets, AgriFutures Australia invested in the development of this hatchery and cultivation manual, aimed at people interested in exploring the production of Asparagopsis taxiformis.

The manual primarily provides guidelines for cultivating A. taxiformis tetrasporophytes. It serves as a starting platform for industry stakeholders and researchers to cultivate the species by providing practical insights to improve the efficiency of the hatchery-to-nursery production process and generate seaweed juveniles suitable for commercial production.

It is anticipated the manual will assist in advancing the commercial cultivation of this native seaweed in Australia. The availability of the manual and the information contained herein may stimulate further emergence of the domestic seaweed industry, particularly Asparagopsis cultivation, leading to increased standardisation in practices and higher-quality seaweed products.