Cultivation of Caulerpa, Codium, and Asparagopsis: Trying to tame three Hawaiian macroalgae
|Hawaii||$76,000||University of Hawai’i Hilo||Karla J. McDermid|
Provide scientifically tested cultivation information for suitable native species to grow for commercial applications and increase the number of native species in cultivation.
1. Focus on scaling up production of the tetrasporophyte phase of Asparagopsis taxiformis (limu kohu), guided by the success of small-scale production previously funded by CTSA. Year 1-2.
2. Identify environmental or culture inducers of tetrasporophyte production based on results from previous work. Year 2.
3. Determine the optimal conditions for culture of Caulerpa lentillifera and Codium edule. The focus will be on testing substrata for C. edule for large scale production and optimizing “gentle” tumble culture methods for Caulerpa. Year 1 & 2.
4. Outreach in the form of two publications detailing the research results and dissemination of the results through liaising with the Limu Hui, which is comprised of cultural practitioners, habitat restoration volunteers, and fish pond managers. Year 1 & 2.