About the SeaPlant Handbook

The SuriaLink Seaplant Handbook is a continuing work in progress that will develop, expand and improve as knowledge about seaweeds, seavegetables and seaplant products grows. The handbook is currently in its early development stages and we look forward to receiving additions and corrections as our base of Associates and Members increases.

Genus Fact Sheets - Greens - Reds - Browns

Genus fact sheets give a one-page overview of each genus including summary statistics, pictures, genus links and summaries of information presented under the headings shown on this page.
Individual genus fact sheets can be seen by using the index below: 

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Handbook Index

Genera Index




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Acetabularia | Capsosiphon | Caulerpa | Codium | Dictyosphaeria | Enteromorpha | Monostroma | Ulva

Acanthophora | Ahnfeltia | Asparagopsis | Betaphycus | Caloglossa | Catenella | Chondrus | Eucheuma | Furcellaria | Gelidiella | Gelidium | Gigartina | Gloiopeltis | Gracilaria | Gracilariopsis | Grateloupia | Gymnogongrus | Halymenia | Hypnea | Iridaea | Kappaphycus | Laurencia | Lithothamnion | Mastocarpus | Mazzaella | Meristotheca | Nemalion | Palmaria | Phyllophora | Phymatolithon | Porphyra | Pterocladia | Scinaia | Solieria | Tichocarpus

Alaria | Ascophyllum | Cladosiphon | Cystoseira | Desmarestia | Durvillaea | Ecklonia | Egregia | Fucus | Hizikia | Hydroclathrus | Laminaria | Lessonia | Macrocystis | Nemacystus | Nereocystis | Pelvetia | Postelsia | Sargassum | Scytosiphon | Turbinaria | Undaria

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Biology & Agronomy
Currently SuriaLink is focusing on the three phyla of marine macrophytic algae that are commonly known as “seaweeds” or “seavegetables”. Commercially useful genera of each phylum will be covered by a fact sheet that links to specific topics under the general handbook headings of Biology, Chemistry, Production, Processing, Products and Uses. We are starting with the Carragar seaplants.

Our treatment of seaplant chemistry will focus on those constituents that are of commercial interest. For example we have monographs in preparation that deal in an innovative way with the chemistry of biopolymers; notably with the classification of agar and carrageenan, the red algal galactans produced by the Carragar Community

Seaplant farming and harvesting will be an important focus of SuriaLink's activities. Initially we are concentrating on the agronomy of the "carragar" seaplants that form the raw material base for the carrageenan and agar industries - the Carragar Community.

One of the goals of SuriaLink is to assist in the expansion of the seaplant industry by facilitating easy, cost-effective access to process technology that can help seaplant businesses to efficiently grow and expand. The Seaplant Handbook assists by pointing the way to reliable information and services including manuals for several process technologies and analytical methods.
Initial focus is on post-harvest treatment and the manufacture of "semi-refined" products by the
Carragar Community.  

Products & Uses
SuriaLink also aims to assist users of seaplant products as the sort out the range of available products and determine how these can contribute to the development of their product lines and the growth of their business.

Community Associations
Most people have a community orientation associated with their seaplant interests. For example a cottonii farmer has vested interests that are associated with the Carragar, the Farming and the Biopolymer Communities. In the SeaPlant Handbook we facilitate such community links.
SuriaLink focuses on the seaplants of commerce. Besides generating our own original material we strive to complement useful sites with relevant material and to provide a means for our users to readily link to the information they seek.
We are adding many useful and interesting sites to
our links pages within the Communities, Handbook and GIS sections and we welcome your input about suggested sites or broken links. 

For a useful site that points you to a wealth of information about more than 20,000 species of seaplants - commercial and otherwise -  we recommend  http://www.algaebase.org/

Geographical, Market and Crop Information
Besides including information in the Seaplant Handbook SuriaLink is also building a base of historical and real-time information on global market and crop conditions. SuriaLink.com has separate sections dealing with these decision critical matters and is also developing services that facilitate buyer-seller relationships through our “Exchanges” section.

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A note about symbols:
In effect the SuriaLink site is a relational database. To facilitate database operations and to eliminate ambiguity among languages we have assigned unique two or three letter symbols as follows:
Major Ocean/Sea Zone Z + 2 letters (e.g. ZIO = Indian Ocean)
Marine region (sea, bay, channel, etc.) 3 letters (e.g. BBE = Bay of Bengal)
Country X + 2 letters (e.g. XIN = India)
Genus 2 letters (e.g. GR = Gracilaria)
Species 3 letters (e.g. EDL = edulis)
Thus the combination ZIO-BBE-XIN-GR-EDL uniquely designates Gracilaria edulis from the Indian coast of the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean.
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