Luminis Water Technologies partners with Sea Green to de-risk the seaweed industry

Joining forces to drive change across the sector.

Building Health Baselines in Seaweed Fields

To better support seaweed farmers and coastal livelihoods, we must find ways to deal with challenges like warming water and Ice-Ice disease. Climate changes makes maintaining healthy seaweed fields even more difficult, so Luminis joined up with Sea Green to understand the risks and find solutions.  

Together with Sea Green, Luminis seeks to apply genetic information to establish a health baseline that will help farmers. The project will address seaweed farms in Indonesia to figure out why some areas are healthy and why some are not. 

This information will help guide the planning for seaweed grow-out sites, predict disease events, and determine the seaweed quality so the farmers can earn top dollar and attract good buyers.

Sampling Underway

Paddy Tarbuck, R&D Director for Sea Green, takes a water sample using the AquaGENius microbiome field sampling kit.

Rolling Out Risk Reports

Insurance companies can assess risk with our Risk Reports and use Risk Assessment tools to underwrite farm operations and protect them from losses. Risk Reports include all pathogens found in the water or seaweed sample. The report also includes blue green algae that can cause harmful algal blooms.

“I’m excited to put microbiome analytics to work and unlock the mystery behind diseased farms and healthy farms. Sea Green’s blockchain platform is the perfect platform to apply our insights,” Rachelle Jensen said, CEO of Luminis.
Microbiome information is the missing piece of the puzzle. Once we understand the microbial signature of disease, we can ID preventative measures that will reduce risk.
Microbiome analytics is a powerful tool that will keep famers informed of immediate risks. With Sea Green’s connectivity and blockchain platform, the Risk Reports will be made available across the value chain.
This joint effort seeks to improve both disease management and the buying process. With a blockchain platform, buyers will better informed on the provenance and quality of the seaweed.
The collaboration has already been a productive one. The samples collected from Indonesia represent the first-ever microbiome baseline for seaweed.
“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.
Seaweed, a $92B dollar industry, can be used for alterntive sources of "plastic" and absorb methane.

Key Points

Luminis and Sea Green Join Forces

  • Blockchain meets Microbiome Analytics
  • Working to Establish Risk Reports to attract Insurance and Underwriting
  • Seaweed plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gases

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.