Luminis Water Technologies partners with Sea Green to de-risk the seaweed industry
Building Health Baselines in Seaweed Fields
To better support seaweed farmers and coastal livelihoods, we must address the challenges of climate change, biosecurity, and Ice-Ice disease to optimize farm management better. Climate change introduces a new level of risk that needs to be better quantified so that we can underpin the production of seaweed.
Luminis Water Technologies unlocks insights from genetic information. Together with Sea Green, they will establish baselines across Indonesia’s participating seaweed farms, which will help with planning seaweed grow-out sites, predict disease events, and determine the seaweed quality so the farmers can earn top dollar and attract good buyers.
Paddy Tarbuck, R&D Director for Sea Green, takes a water sample using AquaGENius.
Rolling Out Risk Reports
Finance, NGO, and insurance sectors can use these Risk Reports and Risk Assessment tools to underwrite farm operations and attract further investment in this sector. Risk Reports include a panel of the most abundant species found in the water or seaweed sample. And Risk Assessments include Microbiome Imbalance Ratios to determine if the water is poised for a disease event.
“I’m excited to put microbiome analytics to work and finally unlock the enduring mysteries of why good water goes bad and what we can do to reverse it. Sea Green’s blockchain platform is the perfect platform to apply our insights,” Rachelle Jensen said, CEO of Luminis.
Risk Reports are necessary to provide a framework for preventative measures and coastal resilience, which will improve quality across the value chain.
This is powerful to keep primary producers informed of their harvest’s immediate risks. With Sea Green’s connectivity and blockchain platform, the Risk Reports will be made available and transparent across the value chain.
This combined effort improves prevention and management capabilities; for the farmers and downstream producers, who are better informed on the provenance and quality of their seaweed.
The collaboration has already been a productive one. Samples from Indonesia represent the first-ever microbiome baseline for the network were already collected, including disease and healthy seaweed samples.
“As climate change forces more changes, we’re very happy to be able to utilise technology to help underpin the seaweed industry and bring out less risk on the industry as a whole,” Paddy Tabuck said, head of SeaGreen’s research division.
Luminis and Sea Green Join Forces
As more and more uses for seaweed is found, the industry faces pressure from climate change and the emergence of Ice Ice disease, which emerges in warmer waters.