|Town/Region||Ca Mau, Kien Giang|
|Categories||Farming, Habitats, Marine, Plants|
|Date||2 Jan 2018|
As shrimp aquaculture sector in the Southern Vietnam quickly develops, it discharges a huge amount of organic waste into the environments. This excess nutrient can easily diffuse to the natural ecosystems through water flows or penetration through soil layers and can negatively impact the downstream biological communities in these ecosystems. This phenomenon seriously damage ecosystem biodiversity in Ca Mau and Kien Giang provinces, each have one Biosphere Reserves, providing habitats for many endemic yet threaten species .
To maintain the habitats and conserve biodiversity here, excess nutrients need to be minimized or removed from the ecosystem. The incorporation of the seaweeds Ulva (Chlorophyta, Ulvaceae) in Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture is highly efficient to absorb excess nutrients from aquaculture, subsequently reducing the environmental impacts of effluents and makes the activity more environmentally sustainable. However, introducing a new Ulva spp. to Vietnam to achieve the goal can pose threats related to introduce species to biodiversity of the regions. Therefore, an Ulva species for bioremendiation purposes in Vietnam must be an indigenous species and possess a high nutrient uptake rate.
Thus, in my project, I will investigate the local diversity of Ulva spp. in Southwest Vietnam using the combination of morphological and genetic approaches to assist further selection of the Ulva species for bioremediation purposes. Ecology and natural distribution of Ulva spp. along the coasts of these provinces will also be assessed. Since the distribution of Ulva spp. can be used as an indication of coastal ecosystem’s health, insights in the distribution pattern of the species will help further monitoring and management of the health of coastal ecosystem under the anthropogenic and climate change effects.
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Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lan_Anh_Tran or http://www.phycology.ugent.be/ or http://itb.ac.vn/index.php/phong-sinh-thai/.