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Seaweed nutrient physiology: application of concepts to aquaculture and bioremediation


Roleda, MY and Hurd, CL, Seaweed nutrient physiology: application of concepts to aquaculture and bioremediation, Phycologia, 58, (5) pp. 552-562. ISSN 0031-8884 (2019) [Substantial Review]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00318884.2019.1622920


Inorganic carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus are the main elements required by seaweeds for photosynthesis and growth. This review focusses mainly on nitrogen, but the roles of carbon and phosphorus, which may interactively affect seaweed physiological processes, are also explored. Fundamental concepts such as limiting nutrients, sources, and ratios, mechanisms of nutrient uptake, nutrient assimilation and storage, patterns of uptake and preferences for different nitrogen sources are discussed. The roles of abiotic (water motion, light, temperature, salinity and desiccation) and biotic (life stages and age class) factors in nutrient (nitrogen, phosphorous, carbon) uptake are also reviewed. Understanding species-specific nitrogen physiologies and nitrogen source preferences will enable polyculture of different seaweed species and the use of seaweeds as biofilters in integrated multitrophic aquaculture systems.

Item Details

Item Type:Substantial Review
Keywords:seaweed aquaculture, nitrogen uptake, carbon physiology, carbon, C:N:P, IMTA, limiting nutrient, phosphorus
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Phycology (incl. marine grasses)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Hurd, CL (Professor Catriona Hurd)
ID Code:136101
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2019-11-29
Last Modified:2022-07-12

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