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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 04)
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A Review of the Biology, Culture, Exploitation and Utilization Potentials Seaweed Resources: Case Study in Nigeria

J.F.N. Abowei and C.C. Tawari
Corresponding Author:  Abowei Jasper 

Key words:  Biological characteristics, culture and transplantation, distribution and biodiversity, Nigeria, potential products and uses, seaweed resources,
Vol. 3 , (04): 290-303
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2011 February, 15 2011 March, 09 2011 April, 20
Abstract:

The importance of seaweeds cuts across various environmental, ecologic, socio-economic benefits and services as food for man, in the phycocolloids and expanding phycosupplement industries, as sink for excess carbon dioxide and excess nutrients; for sustainable energy generation and as fossil fuel substitutes. In view of this, seaweeds could become an important economic niche for Asian(Japan and China), Nigeria and other coastal African countries provided adequate research is undertaken in studying their diversity, biochemical compositions and potentials for culture in order to harness the numerous opportunities which can be derived. This article reviews the biological characteristics, potential products and uses, culture and transplantation, distribution and biodiversity, status of exploitation and conservation. Benefits of developing seaweed sector and challenges to the exploitation, culture and utilization of potential seaweed resources, aimed at unveiling the potentials in the utilization of seaweed in Nigeria and other interested countries.
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J.F.N. Abowei and C.C. Tawari, 2011. A Review of the Biology, Culture, Exploitation and Utilization Potentials Seaweed Resources: Case Study in Nigeria.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 3(04): 290-303.
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