This is a continuation of co-pending application, Ser. The present invention relates generally to the culture of algae. More specifically, it relates to a method of growing Enteromorpha clathrata algae for high yield, agricultural purposes. The present invention further relates to a diploid, stress-tolerant strain of Enteromorpha clathrata cv. Berkeley and to certain haploid derivatives of Enteromorpha clathrata cv.
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The green seaweed Enteromorpha clathrata Roth Greville grows profusely along the shoreline on certain beaches on the west leeward coast of Guam between the low water line and mid-water line throughout the year.
The seaweed is considered an unsightly and odoriferous nuisance at Tumon Bay and east Agana Bay where growth along the shoreline is lush. It appears filamentous-like. However, it is really a branched multi-cellular hollow cylinder which is only one-cell thick. The seaweed can reproduce by fragmentation, asexually via quadri-flagellated spores or sexually by the fusion of biflagellated gametes. The amount of Enteromorpha at a certain site is dependent on the coarseness of the substratum which serves as anchors for the growing seaweed, wave height and action along the shoreline, and the feeding activities of herbivorous fish, especially the runs of juvenile rabbitfish during April and May.
Enteromorpha clathrata from Tumon Bay show a wide tolerance to salinity, temperature and nutrient levels. The dark green coloration in the seaweed is evidence of nutrient enrichment from groundwater seepage. By Roy T. Tsuda, PhD. Denton, G. Heitz, H. Wood, H. Siegrist, L. Concepcion, and R. Technical Report No. FitzGerald, W. Marsh, J. Matson, E. Seaweed: Enteromorpha Ulva clathrata.
Enteromorpha clathrata (Roth) Grev.
Ulva clathrata is a species of seaweed in the family Ulvaceae that can be found in such European countries as Azores , Belgium , Ireland , Netherlands , and the United Kingdom. The plant is light green in colour and is 20—80 millimetres 0. The thin cylindrical threads are 1—3 millimetres 0. The species is also known by this names in other countries: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Agardh, ".