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EUCHEUMA SEAWEEDS

Seaweeds, for all its potentials, is considered the Weeds of Hope. They are large algae found abundantly along the coasts of countries. Seaweeds offer the potential to help meet nutrition and food security needs, and also hold other advantages in medicine and farming. The nutritional value of seaweeds is undisputed. They are rich in minerals, vitamins, trace elements and bioactive substances. In fact seaweeds have been aptly called the medical food of 21st century. Have been used in China for the treatment of cancer. Anti-viral compounds from Undaria have been found to inhibit the Herpes simplex virus, which are now sold in capsule form. Research is being carried out into using Undaria extract to treat breast cancer and HIV AIDS. Calcareous species of Coralline have been used in bone-replacement therapy. Asparagopsis taxiformes and Sarconema sp. are used to control and cure goiter while heparin, a seaweed extract, is used in cardiovascular surgery.

Different Species of Undaria

Seaweeds (Eucheuma) is a mass of growth of marine algae from natural shock or from pond culture.Unlike other terrestial and aquatic plants, seaweeds have no true roots, stems and leaves.They are widely distributed in the ocean, occuring from the tide level to considerable depths, floating tree or attached to substrates such as sand, mud, rocks, shells, coral and others.Generally, there are four (4) main groups of marine seaweeds: (1) red algae (Rhodophycae); (2) brown algae (Phaeophycae); (3) green algae (Chlorophycae) and blue green algae (Cyanophycae).

Eucheuma Spinosum
(Iota Carrageenan)

Eucheuma Cottonii
(Kappa Carrageenan)

Chondrus Crispus
(Kappa/Lambda Carrageenan)

The most important variety of seaweed is Eucheuma of the red algae which accounts for 98% of the total Philippine production of seaweed.Eucheuma is the source of carrageenan, one of the world's foremost food and industrial additives today.It is a valuable substance used in gelling, suspending, thickening or waterholding properties in various products. This red algae grows on sandy bottom of marine waters in entertidal or subtidal zones where the water is very salty, clear and fast moving.Its soft body is light brown to light green in color with erect or prostate branches.

Seaweed processing in the Philippines was recognized as an industry in 1966 when the unprecedented commercial exploitation of the then widely-growingEucheuma seaweed boosted the country's exports with a record volume of 800 metric tons.Initially, no attempts were made to cultivate Eucheuma.People gathered only wild varieties and this satisfied the needs of the foreign market for a few years.But the supply dropped alarmingly in the late 60's.This prompted Marine Colloid Philippines, Inc. (MCPI), a leading seaweed exporter, to study the feasibility of commercial Eucheuma farming.The company spent millions of pesos on research and development and, together with Filipino scientists, pioneered in this area.Seaweed culture proved successful after an experimental period from 1969 to 1973.By 1980, several firms in the Philippines were manufacturing a new grade of carrageenan from seaweeds to the Eucheuma variety.This new grade of carrageenan had found markets all over the world and was known as Semi-Refined Carrageenan (SRC) or Philippine Natural Grade (PNG) carrageenan.

Harvesting Seaweeds

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