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SEAWEEDAFRICA Streszczenie raportu

Project ID: ICA4-CT-2001-10030
Źródło dofinansowania: FP5-INCO 2
Kraj: Ireland

A high-quality Microsoft SQL database SeaweedAfrica (

A new database was created namely SeaweedAfrica ( ), an MS SQL database, which runs on two servers. This comprehensive design allows for ease of access of encoders and a search system is in place which allows the database to be interrogated via species names; countries; common names; uses; ecology; aquaculture and harvesting records.

SeaweedAfrica now contains information on: the life histories of seaweeds; their ecology, particularly their habitat and morphology; harvesting methods and harvesting data; aquaculture data and methods together with conditions for growth. There are 216 use categories with 1114 different seaweed uses recorded and some 230 compounds.

The database also includes data on: legislation and regulation; biological interactions by species e.g. epiphytes, grazers and associated fauna; invasiveness and nuisance potential of seaweeds. It should be noted, however that there is considerable traffic to this site with some 1,500 users recorded in one 24hour period. There is a relative paucity of local knowledge of seaweeds in Africa despite the incredible biodiversity on the east coast.

The database has sought to resolve this by including a full range of validated information on potential algae under the headings of ecological, commercial, technological data and management techniques for mariculture.

The Seaweed database will help to satisfy the needs of policy makers wishing to initiate sustainable seaweed production or effectively regulate already existing seaweed production; whether that production is by harvesting or aquaculture. Other groups that will benefit from the information in the databases include universities, industry, government agencies, multidisciplinary research institutions, libraries, museums, non-governmental organisations and interested individuals.

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