Salinity as a tool for strain selection in recirculating land-based production of Ulva spp. as adults


In the paper "Salinity as a tool for strain selection in recirculating land-based production of Ulva spp. from germlings to adults" (Cardoso et al. 2023) the relative growth rates of adult thalli of different Ulva species and strains were measured to evaluate the impact of different salinity treatments. We hypothesised that salinity impacts the of the seaweeds and that different strains are adapted to different salinities. With this data we aimed to use salinity as a tool for selecting the strain with the highest and determine the optimal salinity to grow it in the future in a recirculating land-based system. Four strains were tested (U. lacinulata and U. linza from the NE-Atlantic and U. lacinulata and U. flexuosa from the Mediterranean). The NE- Atlantic strains were collected in the Óbidos Lagoon, Portugal in January 2021 and were cultivated in laboratory conditions in the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany. The Mediterranean strains belong to an AWI collection and were isolated in 1986 and 1987 (U. flexuosa and U. lacinulata, respectively). The cultivation of the Mediterranean species with the purpose of using them for experiments started in June 2021. To recreate the conditions of a large-scale system, the strains were grown previously and during the experiment in a medium of artificial seawater (Seequasal-Salz, Seequasal Salz Production and Trade GmbH, Münster, Germany) enriched with a cheaper commercial fertilizer Blaukorn (COMPO SANA®, Germany). A uniform amount of fresh thalli from each species and population were placed into 1 L glass beakers with salinities of 10, 15, 20 and 30 PSU (each condition n = 3) and cultivated over 3 weeks. The fresh weight was measured once a week by collecting the seaweed and removing the excess water with absorbent paper three times before weighing the samples (Sartorius, Germany). Every time, each sample was measured 3 times. Based on the fresh weight measured each week, it was possible to calculate the of each strain throughout the experiment.

We have written confirmation by the Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF) in its function as ABS National Focal Point as well as Competent National Authority that although Portugal is party to the Nagoya Protocol no national legislation nor any regulatory requirements drawing from the Nagoya Protocol for access to genetic resources in mainland Portugal exist presently. As the samples for this project were collected in mainland Portugal, there are no applicable prior informed consent requirements. The Mediterranean Ulva material was isolated in 1986 (AWI culture number 1262) and in 1967 (AWI culture number 1290). Hence, the samples were taken before the Nagoya Protocol came into force in 2014. Although Regulation EU-No. 511/2014 does not apply accordingly, we complied with our due diligence by asking the Greek National Focal Point about national ABS permit requirements and were granted access with a research permit for flora (RECALL/Δ PΔ/12548/797) issued by the Ministry of The Environment & Energy- Gdd & Dp - Forest Protection Directorate).

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Creator Cardoso, Isabel ORCID logo; Meissner, Anneke; Sawicki, Anja; Bartsch, Inka ORCID logo; Valentin, Klaus ORCID logo; Steinhagen, Sophie ORCID logo; Buck, Bela Hieronymus ORCID logo; Hofmann, Laurie C ORCID logo
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2023
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
OpenAccess true
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 10656 data points
Discipline Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Aquaculture; Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Aquaculture and Veterinary Medicine; Aquaculture; Life Sciences
Spatial Coverage (-9.214W, 39.395S, 22.958E, 40.566N); Bremerhaven, Germany; Mediterranean Sea; North East Atlantic