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|Title:||Furthering knowledge of seaweed growth and development to facilitate sustainable aquaculture|
|Authors:||CHARRIER BÉNÉDICTE; ABREU MARIA HELENA; DOS SANTOS FERNANDES DE ARAUJO RITA; BRUHN ANNETTE; COATES JULIET; DE CLERCK OLIVIER; KATSAROS CHRISTOS; ROBAINA RAFAEL R; WICHARD THOMAS|
|Citation:||NEW PHYTOLOGIST p. 1-9|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Macroalgae are the subject of increasing interest for their potential as a source of sustainable biomass of value in the food, feed, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and, at the ecological level, as a key factor in global carbon sequestration. At the same time, their natural abundance, distribution and dynamics are endangered because of global warming and anthropogenic activities. Here, we argue that sustainable management of macroalgae as a future bioresource and as ecosystem keystone species requires an investment in obtaining basic data on the mechanisms controlling macroalgal life cycles, from the production of germ cells to the growth and fertility of the adult organisms, using different approaches requiring a broad range of technological tools. This basic scientific field is falling behind despite its ecological, societal and economical importance, and hence basic research on macroalgal developmental biology must now intensify.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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