This RIRDC report summarises the latest research and industry trends through conference sessions that were of relevance to the potential seaweed industries in Australia. These sessions included algal culture, algal products (especially biofuels), health and nutrition and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture systems. Applied phycology generally implies that there are industry applications related to the culture of seaweeds; although seaweed industries in Ireland, Asia and Africa still rely on wild harvest of seaweeds. The various culture technologies of seaweed in both macro and microalgal forms was therefore a key theme. A variety of culture methods exist, and research efforts focused on optimising yields using different lighting, nutrient, water supply and flow regimes.
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