A review of reported seaweed diseases and pests in aquaculture in Asia

Georgia Ward, Joseph Faisan, Elizabeth Cottier-Cook, Claire Gachon, Anicia Hurtado, Phaik-Eem Lim, Ivy Matoju, Flower Msuya, David Bass, Juliet Brodie

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Seaweeds have been used as a food for centuries in Asia and are increasingly exploited as a source for dietary supplements, animal feed, chemicals, and biofuels. In recent years, there has been an increase in the prevalence of diseases and pests in these aquaculture crops, with a subsequent reduction in their quantity and commercial value. In this article, we review diseases that have been reported in the scientific literature for species of red and brown seaweeds. We have focused on the major seaweed crops grown in Asia, where much of this production is centered. We also provide information on disease management and biosecurity and some observations on future directions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number12649
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the World Aquaculture Society
Early online date9 Oct 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Oct 2019


  • cultivated seaweeds
  • hydrocolloids,
  • ice-ice
  • Olpidiopsis


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