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Population and alginate yield and quality assessment of four Sargassum species in Negros Island, central Philippines

  • H. P. Calumpong
  • A. P. Maypa
  • M. Magbanua
Conference paper
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 137)

Abstract

Four species of Sargassum in Negros Island, central Philippines, were monitored for biomass, growth stages, alginate yield and quality. All four species exhibited different zonation, fertility patterns and seasonality in growth and biomass. Mean biomass differed significantly for all species.

Each species followed different patterns in alginate yield and viscosity in relation to growth stages. Highest yields were obtained from S. ilicifolium during its reproductive stage, S. feldmannii and S. polycystum during secondary growth while no significant difference in yield was found between different stages of S. cristaefolium. Viscosity was highest in S. ilicifolium and S. polycystum during secondary growth. No significant difference in viscosity was found between the different stages of S. feldmannii and S. cristaefolium.

Key words

Philippines Sargassum growth stages sodium alginate yield viscosity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. P. Calumpong
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. P. Maypa
    • 1
  • M. Magbanua
    • 2
  1. 1.Silliman University Marine LaboratoryDumaguete CityPhilippines
  2. 2.Biology DepartmentSilliman UniversityDumaguete CityPhilippines

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