Factsheets for Red Seaweeds (phylum Rhodophyta)

Genus: Chondrus Trade name: Irish moss Symbol: CH
AuthorityStackhouse Type species:  Chondrus crispus Stackhouse
Commercial species: armatus (ARM), crassicaulis (CRA), crispus (CRU), ocellatus (OCE)
Common names: Alga perlada, Bejin Gwenn, British agar, Carrageen, Carrageenan, Carragheen Moss, Carraigín, Chondrus, Gristle Moss, Curly Moss, Dorset weed, Ezo-tsunomata, Irish Moss
Classification: Eukaryota, Phylum Rhodophyta, Class Rhodophyceae, Subclass Florideophycidae, Order Gigartinales, Family Gigartinaceae.
AlgaeBase names and species:  69 names - 9 current as of 12-2001.
Comprehensive lists of common names , generic & specific names can be found at AlgaeBase. >>Click here<<  for SuriaLink's policy on names.
SuriaLink SeaPlant Utility Rating
Major wild & aquaculture crop used for food & galactans
Agronomy & harvesting must use good  environmental practices.
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Chondrus production
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Tons per annum
wild harvest
Tons per annum
Canada 10,000 n/a
France 1,260 n/a
Ireland 3 0
Japan 500 0
North Korea 200+ 0
Portugal 30 0
Russia n/a 0
South Korea n/a 0
Spain 300 0
USA 120 0


12,413 0
Approximate annual production figures from recent years are as above.
Biology & Agronomy
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We have several monographs in progress covering analytical procedures post-harvest treatment and process technology. Check the processing index for available web pages and monographs. 
Products, Uses & Applications
List of species' uses and community affiliations
Genus GenID SpID Species Uses Communities
Chondrus CH ARM armatus FH, FI, IA, PA, PC, WB BP, FM, NP, SV, WB
Chondrus CH CRA crassicaulis FH, FI, IA, PA, PC, WB BP, FM, NP, SV, WB
Chondrus CH CRU crispus FH, FI, IA, PA, PC, WB BP, FM, NP, SV, WB
Chondrus CH CRU crispus FH, FI, IA, PA, PC, WB BP, FM, NP, SV, WB
Chondrus CH OCE ocellatus FH, FI, IA, PA, PC, WB BP, FM, NP, SV, WB

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Chondrus is most strongly associated with the Biopolymer,  NutraPharm,  Seaweed,   Seavegetables and Wellbeing communities.
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