Agar yield and quality of Gracilaria chilensis (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta) in tank culture using fish effluents

Martínez L.Á.; Buschmann A.H.


Tank cultivation of Gracilaria using fish effluents has permitted a production of 48 kg m-2 yr-1 and can reduce the dissolved nitrogen loads in the seawater. We report the yield, gel strength, gelling and melting point of agar from Gracilaria cultivated in tanks with seawater previously utilized in intensive, land-based salmon cultures and compared to a control using directly pumped seawater, over a study period of 22 months. The results show that the highest agar yield (20 to 22%) was obtained when Gracilaria was cultivated with pure seawater as compared to the fish effluents. The gel strength, gelling and melting point were higher in the agar obtained from algae cultured with fish effluents. During the spring, the gel strength, gelling and melting point increased in tanks with fish effluents and decreased in tanks with a supply of pure seawater.

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Título de la Revista: HYDROBIOLOGIA
Volumen: 326
Editorial: Springer
Fecha de publicación: 1996
Página de inicio: 341
Página final: 345