Module 3: Advanced methods of Breeding Seaweeds

Introduction to the module:


Station Biologique de Roscoff: Zofia Nehr; Komlan Avia; Stéphane Mauger; Bertrand Jacquemin; Emilie Gouhier; Delphine Scornet; Jérôme Coudret; Stéphane Loisel; Susana M. Coelho; Christophe Destombe; Philippe Potin; Myriam Valero; J. Mark Cock

Practical information: This module is divided into two, one-hour lessons. A PDF version of the module is available below.

Lesson 1 – Breeding as a tool for optimization of seaweed cultivation.

Lesson 2 – Advanced methods for seaweed breeding.

Module description:

This module provides guidelines to improve seaweed breeding programmes, by demonstrating how to optimise breeding and growing conditions for various seaweed species leading to greater production.

Expected learning outcomes are:
Lesson 1 – Develop an understanding of breeding as a tool for optimization of seaweed cultivation.

Lesson 2 – Develop an understanding of the seaweed breeding process.

Associated Reading:

 Campbell, I., Kambey, C.S.B., Mateo, J.P., Rusekwa, S.B., Hurtado, A.Q, Msuya, F.E., Stentiford, G.D., Cottier-Cook, E.J. (2019). Biosecurity policy and legislation for the global seaweed aquaculture industry. Journal of Applied Phycology, 32, 2133–2146. DOI:

Ward, G.M., Faisan, J.P., Cottier‐Cook, E.J., Gachon C., Hurtado A.Q., Lim P.E., Msuya F.E., Bass D., Brodie J. (2020). A review of reported seaweed diseases and pests in aquaculture in Asia. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, 51, 815– 828. DOI:

Tourneroche, A., Lami, R., Burgaud, G., Domart-Coulon, I., Li, W., Gachon, C., Gèze, M., Boeuf, D., Prado S. (2020). The Bacterial and Fungal Microbiota of Saccharina latissima (Laminariales, Phaeophyceae). Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 1081. DOI:

Murúa, P., Müller , D.G, Etemadi, M., van West, P., Gachon, C.M.M. (2020). Host and pathogen autophagy are central to the inducible local defences and systemic response of the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera against the oomycete pathogen Anisolpidium ectocarpii. New Phytologist, 226(5), 1445-1460. DOI:

Policy brief: Cottier-Cook, E.J., Nagabhatla, N., Badis, Y., Campbell, M., Chopin, T, Dai, W, Fang, J., He, P, Hewitt, C, Kim, G. H., Huo, Y, Jiang, Z, Kema, G, Li, X, Liu, F, Liu, H, Liu, Y, Lu, Q, Luo, Q, Mao, Y, Msuya, F. E, Rebours, C, Shen, H., Stentiford, G. D., Yarish, C, Wu, H, Yang, X, Zhang, J, Zhou, Y, Gachon, C. M. M. (2016). Safeguarding the future of the global seaweed aquaculture industry. United Nations University (INWEH) and Scottish Association for Marine Science Policy Brief. ISBN 978-92-808-6080-1. 12pp.

Additional resources:

Algaculture for Biotechnology Online Training Course by SAMS:

Module 3 Self Assessment Quiz