Seaweed Cultivation and Breeding

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General information

The first in a series of workshops to be run by the GlobalSeaweed network, this course will explore the genetic, conservation and policy challenges posed by rapid seaweed domestication. It will blend lectures by experts, interactive round tables, field and laboratory sessions. Quite uniquely, the course will be immediately followed by the 1st European Seaweed Production and Marketability workshop on May 13-14th, which will provide you with opportunities to network with key seaweed cultivation stakeholders.

What you’ll learn on this course:

Day 1 : Recording and preserving algal genetic diversity   anticipating the biological footprint of seaweed cultivation: 

  • Rationale: Impact of cultivation on domesticated species and wild stocks (speaker tbc).
  • Algal Repositories: Herbaria & Culture Collections.
  • Molecular characterisation: markers for species delimitation, molecular phylogeny.
  • Seaweed monitoring in the 21st century (distribution, abundance, changes).
  • Risks to biodiversity incurred by cultivation and domestication (biological invasions, diseases, biodiversity loss).
  • A short excursion to the seashore, to collect and identify local seaweeds.
  • Round table: Policy and operational recommendations to tackle seaweed recording and conservation.
  • Networking dinner (included in registration fee).

Day 2: Unravelling, exploiting and conserving intraspecific diversity for domestication

  • Genetic bottlenecks during domestication, importance of basic knowledge on life history traits and local adaptation prior to breeding): the story of Gracilaria chilensis.
  • Linking Genetic Markers to Industrially relevant traits: an introduction to QTLs & marker-assisted selection.
  • Demonstration of laboratory algal and pathogen cultivation techniques, including a question and answer session in our laboratory facilities for observation / conservation / cultivation of your seaweed material in the presence of several expert tutors.
  • Conclusion & final wrap-up: Policy and operational recommendations to rationalise domestication and achieve sustainability.
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Venue: The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Oban, United Kingdom

Scottish Marine Institute
Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, UK 



Thanks to generous sponsorship by NERC, this cutting edge course is offered at the heavily discounted price of £75 (VAT exempt) per participant. This includes all course materials and a networking dinner on the evening of Day one.  


The course has been designed for postgraduate, early career researchers and practitioners interested in the burgeoning European seaweed industry.

Application Procedure:

Book a place online, via email or call 01631 559000. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis, so please book early.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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